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7 Kinds Of Anger: How To Deal With Rage

What Is Anger? Anger is a basic, human emotion tied to survival and honed through evolution. In general, it is tied to our fight-flight-freeze response and prepares us to fight when a circumstance arises. Though anger can be a healthy response to certain situations [it’s entirely normal to feel anger if someone cuts you off on the highway or if you were passed over for a promotion], it becomes unhealthy without the proper management skills . For example, violence of any kind, especially when due to outrage, is unhealthy. Likewise, frequent and/or intense anger may be a sign for an underlying mental condition. It is important to understand what causes rage and to note when it’s causing issues or may be due to a mental condition. What Causes Anger? Many different things can lead to the development of anger; these are often referred to as triggers. Triggers differ from person to person, though many common environmental causes do exist. For example, many people may find themselves growing angry when stressed. Stress can be due to things such as work overloads,

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg: Deep Sleep

Deep sleep is the most restorative stage in the sleep cycle. In this stage, our brainwaves become dramatically longer, and our daily experiences are turned into long-term memory. Deep sleep is vital to feeling rejuvenated and learning effectively; without deep sleep, it is difficult to effectively learn and process information. Deep sleep is vital, but it can be difficult to achieve. As we sleep, we spend less and less time in Deep sleep. In the beginning of the night, it is common to spend up to 50% of the first sleep cycle in Deep sleep. By the end of the night, we only spend around 2% of the sleep cycle in Deep sleep. As we age, our bodies tend to spend less time in Deep sleep per sleep cycle. This is why sleep can feel less rejuvenating the older we get, even if we sleep for the same amount of time. Why do we need deep sleep? Every organism, in one way or another, sleeps. We do this for a few reasons: to save energy, to restore the body, and

Daniel Gartenberg: How Sonic Sleep Can Help

As a sleep scientist, I have focused most of my adult life studying sleep intricacies. I use my PhD in cognitive psychology and ten years of experience in the field to help people improve their sleep. I have worked extensively on a sleep application, Sonic Sleep, to enhance sleep environment and thus, overall sleep quality. Additionally, I provide personalized, insightful solutions to help get to the root of your sleep issues. Our work has been featured on TED, Daily Mail and Time Magazine. Sleep is a critical component in optimizing our daily functionality and overall health. There are four common sleep disorders that hinder the ability to get the restful, regenerative sleep we need. It is important to know the potential signs for each one to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan from a professional. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a disorder that involves difficulty and disruption of breathing throughout the night. The word “apnea” literally translates from the Latin to “without breathing.” Snoring loudly is a common symptom of sleep apnea. This occurs during the night when a

Hello Pegan: Hunter-Gatherer Meets Veganator

Feel great, lose weight, live healthy: Achieving optimum health through the foods we eat. Some people say going vegan is a healthier way to eat, while others say paleo is. Some say don’t eat meat, while others say don’t eat grain. Which is right? Paleo vs. vegan: both have a lot in common but mainly differ on protein sources. Choosing either one means a dramatic lifestyle shift. But lately, we’ve been hearing about a “pegan” way of eating – a combination of paleo and vegan. So what’s the story behind these food trends? Let’s take a closer look. Goodness Grown by Mother Earth The term “vegan” was created by Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society in 1944. He formed the word using the first two and last two letters of the word “vegetarian” as a statement against vegetarians who ate dairy products. Veganism is considered to be an extreme version of vegetarianism. However, there have been ancient societies in India and along the Mediterranean where flesh-avoidance was and still is a common practice. A vegan diet is rich in

10 Things to Know About Your Health

Born between 1946 and 1964, Americans numbering over 70 million today are living longer and stronger than their parents.  “Baby Boomers,” named for the rise in births following World War II and the prosperous years thereafter, have benefited from medical advances in preventative and clinical care. Here’s what they and their families should be aware of medically these days: 1. Check for the “stealth virus.” Hepatitis C still haunts the last generation to go without effective screening for virus risks in blood transfusions and surgical (and dental) procedures. Boomers are five times more likely than any other age group to carry Hepatitis C, a virus that damages the liver long-term and could cause cancer as it goes undetected. A simple blood test finds it and a daily prescription pill for 2-3 months can end this threat. 2. Get the new shingles vaccine. Boomers who came down with chicken pox in childhood (before most Americans were immunized against it) can harbor a virus that arises later in life to trigger shingles attacks, marked by red spots on skin and often lingering pain. A

Tried and Tested Weight Loss Methods

The fitness industry is a notorious fickle thing. From Instagram influencers to nationally syndicated doctors, we, as consumers, are treated to a vast array of conflicting information about what to do with our bodies. Some weeks, its low carb, others its all vegetables. This week I was told by two friends, one a dietician and the other a trained doctor that eggs were problematic. Earlier in the year they told me to eat them with impunity. Thankfully I have an ace in the hole, an antidote to the madness which is our modern information ecosystem. Studying the history of health and fitness trends over the past several years has taught me two valuable lessons. First that my fiancé has indulged my vocation for far too long and second that what works tends to stick around. So with that in mind, today’s short article looks at tried and tested means of losing weight. These ‘old school’ methods were promoted by the bodybuilders of the early twentieth century. These men and women exercised at a time when steroids had not yet infiltrated

Danielle LaPorte: Says It’s All in Your Heart

A deeper compassion for yourself leads to deeper care for others. Work Smarter, Not Harder Today, many of us have no choice but to be workaholics. With increasing costs of living, more requirements at work, and striving to take care for our loved ones, work has become synonymous with modern life. Long gone are the days of self-reflection and peace and quiet. We plan vacations and embark on missions to escape from the stress of everyday life. Author Danielle LaPorte used to be the same way, she was glued to her work and couldn’t find time to spend with the people she loved. She decided that was no life to live and became committed to loving herself and being more mindful. After exploring the tenets of Buddhist meditation, she began writing and embarked on creating an empire of her own centered on self-love, and the incredible healing power of the heart. LaPorte is a Canadian entrepreneur, author, blogger, and an inspirational speaker focused on self-help, goal setting, motivation, and creating value. Throughout her career, LaPorte has published three non-fiction books

Daniel Gartenberg: Get a Sleep Coach

Relaxation Sounds and Meditations. Stop that Racing Mind & Fall Asleep! There are 3 wind down options available in the Sonic app that are designed to promote relaxation. Whatever you find best for you is what we recommend. 1) Progressive Muscle Relaxation provides you with a way to practice relaxation and it works by both relaxing your muscles and your mind, making it easier for you to fall asleep. 2) Body Scan Meditation is designed to help you develop a mindful awareness of your bodily sensations, and to relieve tension wherever it is found. Research suggests that this mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, improve well-being, and decrease aches and pains 3) Binaural Beats produce an auditory illusion by playing slightly different sounds in each ear and is used to induce meditative and relaxing states. The following are tips to help you relax before falling to sleep: Getting ready for bed is not just putting on your nightclothes! Preparation for a good nights sleep begins earlier than you think. It is not reasonable to expect simply to get into bed

White Noise, Pink Noise, and Fan Sounds For Sleeping

The Sonic Sleep Coach app includes soothing music and sounds to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. We created high quality sounds, such as the Sonic Pink Noise, that are designed to relax the mind after a long stressful day and put you in the right mindset for sleep. Such rituals can reduce how long it takes you to fall to sleep because your brain can associate certain music or particular sounds to falling asleep. This is known as stimulus control therapy, or more broadly, classical conditioning, where a stimulus can act as a trigger to induce a behavior. Our sound landscapes, which we call a “Sleep Tent” also blocks out noise pollution while you sleep to make your sleep more regenerative. Noise pollution can often wake you up during the night with or without conscious awareness of these sleep disruptions.  Our unique pink noise and white noise fan sound are designed to block out more frequencies of sound than your typical fan noise or white noise. But we also include these types of sounds, along with a fan noise,

Social Wellness: Meaningful Relationships

“The secret to a meaningful life is meaningful relationships” – Anonymous Sociologists have noted that the people you spend the most time with largely impact your life. For example, surrounding yourself with those who smoke may make you more likely to start smoking. The five people we spend the most time with can influence our mindset, and other habits too – both good and bad. Choosing friendships with people who you admire or want to imitate can help support the lifestyle you desire. Social wellness involves meaningful, balanced relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. It takes mindfulness and careful time management to prioritize healthy, meaningful relationships. In the pursuit of financial success, it’s all too easy to lose connection with friends and family. Interestingly, social wellness is a key aspect to mental health, and largely plays into our financial success. Close friends and family help us put things into perspective, keeping our goals and pursuits in line with our personal values.  social wellness What really is social wellness? Social wellness refers to the quality and stability of your relationships with others.