Are you being brainwashed while you sleep?

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According to researchers, treatments that promote sleep could reduce and, in some cases, prevent mental and physical disorders by speeding up the removal of toxin buildup.

Did you get a good night’s sleep? Did the extra hour in bed make you wake up feeling refreshed? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you have your amazing brain to thank.

Researchers at Boston University have gained a greater understanding as to what happens in the brain during sleep. As the brain’s activity slows down and your neurons stop firing, you gradually settle into sleep. It’s during this serene period that your brain starts its housekeeping. While you sleep, blood rapidly drains out of the brain, resulting in a loss of pressure, with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rushing in to restore balance.

How to know when someone is ready for adult day services

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Ben and Annie share a laugh during a class.

By Susan Lam and Emily Farber Special to the Town Crier

Mary and Brad had been married 52 years. At 85 years old, Brad was becoming increasingly forgetful, had fallen several times at home and sustained minor injuries, and was no longer safe being left home alone. Brad had become isolated and spent most of his time watching television and dozing in a chair.

Mary wanted her husband to continue enjoying life. She knew he would benefit from more socialization, interesting activities and daily exercise. Mary also found her own health and quality of life declining. She was desperately in need of respite.

Reasons why giving back is good for both society and your health

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Town Crier columnist Reena Vokoun, pictured, holds a sign advertising the fundraising competition she will be in to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society between February and May 2020.

Holiday season is here, and it’s a natural time to think about giving back and donating to charities. In fact, according to the Blackbaud Index, as featured in USA Today, approximately 34% of all charitable donations are given in the last three months of the year, and 18% in December alone.

While giving back should first and foremost be for the purposes of helping those in need, it also can provide health benefits for those on the giving end, in addition to those on the receiving end.

Pilates equipment will take your workout up a level

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Incorporating Pilates equipment into a workout, such as the Reformer, above, can help fitness-oriented people avoid becoming stuck in a rut.

Low-impact, total body and mind-body integrating – that sums up Pilates.

The Pilates fitness approach is versatile and safe enough to be done in the privacy of your own home, but the value of getting in-person coaching from a certified Pilates instructor really can’t be beat. You will come away with a deeper awareness of your body and greater strength, flexibility and peace of mind than you ever thought possible from a simple yet challenging workout.

FDA set to update labeling on dietary supplements

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required that all dietary supplement products include updated labeling by January 2021, a move aimed at addressing the evolution of the American diet.

Dietary supplements help people get the nutrients they need to thrive, and 77 percent of Americans take them, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition. However, experts advise that to make smart choices down the line, it is necessary to understand changes being made to product labels.

“The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that all dietary supplement products feature updated labeling by January 2021 to reflect the evolution of the American diet, as well as advancements in nutrition science,” said Brian Wommack, the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s senior vice president of communications. “Larger manufacturers will comply by January 2020, and many other manufacturers will be introducing the new labels early, so it’s smart for everyone to get familiar with the updates now.”

Why practicing gratitude is good for our health

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While planning for the holidays can be stressful, practicing gratitude can improve physical and mental health, sleep and relationships.

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are just around the corner, providing a nice reminder to think about what we’re grateful for. Gratitude is something we can and should focus on throughout the year to look at life through a positive lens. It also can create amazing benefits for our health and well-being.

Below are five scientifically proven reasons why practicing gratitude is good for our health.

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