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Hidden causes of insomnia include blood-sugar imbalance, iron levels

Insomnia is the No. 1 health-related problem in the U.S. More than one-third of the adult population has problems falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness.

Despite all the Internet advice and the prevalence of CPAP machines, the problem is getting worse, not better. The number of adults ages 20-44 using sleeping pills doubled between 2000 and 2004, and reached 56 million in 2008. The number of youth ages 1-19 who take prescription sleep remedies jumped 85 percent during the same period.

Family of foodies promotes healthy reading

A Mountain View family provided reading resources during Food Allergy Awareness Week May 10-16. The informational poster is scheduled for display in the children’s section of the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., through Sunday.

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

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Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and wellness – and lost approximately 30 pounds each along the way.

Fed up with crash dieting and drained by consuming workouts, sisters Megan Wilson and Gillian Brotherson took their health into their own hands. The sisters, whose maiden name is Sawyer, partnered to open barre3 Los Altos fitness studio March 30 at 4758 W. El Camino Real.

Yoga aficionados pull up a chair

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Yoga of Los Altos instructor Cheryl Acheson, left, leads a Chair Yoga class.

Yoga of Los Altos recently introduced a new class that keeps students on the edge of their seats: Chair Yoga.

According to instructor Cheryl Acheson, the class is open to anyone who may need to spend extended hours in a seated position – travelers on long airplane flights, deskbound office workers, people recovering from injuries and seniors with limited mobility.

Helping hands: Book details treating problems with critical appendage

It’s easy to take our hands for granted, but when something goes wrong with them, we realize what amazing instruments they are.

One of the most productive and sophisticated structures of the human body is also one of the most essential for daily life. It’s hard to imagine getting through a day without the use of our hands. From opening doors to typing on computers, brushing teeth and driving cars, hands are how we make our way through the world.

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