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The average human is alive for nearly 80 years and of those years, they will spend 26 years sleeping and an additional 7 years trying to fall asleep. However, the amount of sleep we get each night varies across our lifetime, declining slowly as we age.
If you’re looking for a way to become more active, practicing yoga is an excellent place to start. While scientific research is limited, early evidence seems to confirm that there are a variety of benefits that can improve your overall health—something that yogis have been telling us for years. Yoga can help relieve stress, improve mental health, encourage normal inflammatory responses, increase strength, reduce anxiety, improve your quality of life, boost immunity, and more.
Although we have luxurious 500 thread count sheets, noise machines, and beds with adjustable comfort levels, studies show Americans struggle to get a good night’s sleep now more than our caveman ancestors did. While approximately 48% of Americans occasionally experience insomnia, 22% say they have insomnia nearly every night.
An estimated excess of 2.6 million people retired during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Miguel Faria-E-Castro, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Faria-E-Castro predicted that the extreme increase in retirement numbers stemmed from a variety of reasons:
    You might seem concerned when grandpa falls asleep in the middle of the day, but it’s perfectly normal and just one of the many ways your body changes as you get older. Although young people try to get away with the least amount of sleep possible, grandparents know the value of taking a short nap or going to bed early. Once you get to grandpa’s age, your body will start to experience differences in how well you sleep and how long you spend in bed.
    Running is a great form of exercise for the body and mind, but as we age, we start to experience side effects we didn’t previously. When you run regularly, the repetitive impactful movements can cause our joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles to experience more aches and soreness afterward.
    Getting enough sleep is extremely important for optimal health, yet about ⅓ of adults claim they regularly experience symptoms of insomnia. Plus, 10% of those adults reported having insomnia so severe that it’s been diagnosed as a full-fledged disorder. Insomnia is generally defined as having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep that results in difficulty completing your daily activities.
    A sugar craving can hit you like a ton of bricks. One moment you’re minding your own business and the next you’re rummaging through the pantry looking for a box of cookies. When someone frequently craves sweet treats they may say they have a “sweet tooth,” and although they don’t mean it literally, it suggests that wanting sweets is unavoidable for some people.
    We’re willing to bet you know exactly where your phone is right now–chances are you’re using it to read this blog. We spend more time on our devices to work, communicate, and enjoy downtime more than ever before. Each day, the average American spends more than 7 hours looking at a screen; of those hours, more than 2 hours are spent on social media.
    Is mealtime a constant battle with your child no matter what you do? While some foods may be acceptable to your picky eater, they are typically not the healthiest options. You may feel alone in your struggle but a survey of 2,000 parents revealed that 55% of them have a child with picky eating habits who are resistant when served new foods.
    When you have children, one day you’re feeding them in a high chair and the next thing you know you’re getting ready to send them off to college. When the time comes for your last or only child to leave the nest, you may have mixed feelings. Although you may have dreamed of this day during tough times, when it finally comes it can feel bittersweet. While it can be a difficult transition, there are many ways to help yourself thrive now that you have an empty nest.
    Some days you hit the pavement and everything just feels right. Your stride feels perfect and you feel light as a feather. You may even experience a deep state of euphoria known as a Runner’s High. Then there are days where every move you make feels like an extreme effort and your legs feel like bricks. When you have a goal in mind or simply enjoy physical exercise, these “bad” running days can be especially frustrating.

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