This morning, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic released data from a longitudinal study showing that AD/HD often persists into adulthood and can bring with it numerous undesirable effects. The study followed 5,718 children in Rochester, Minnesota, including 232 participants with a diagnosis of ADHD.
Throughout my life and over the years of my practice the concerns of healthy sleep have always been of interest. Not only is sleep just a good idea, it is essential for a healthy mind and body. This has led many professionals to pursue education and practices related to sleep cycles, science, mental techniques (such as relaxation, guided imagery, self hypnosis/self talk and thought control techniques). Though all of this is very interesting and has its place, I have found that the basics are often missing that cause sleep disturbances from children to the elderly. So, what are the basics of healthy sleep practices (sleep hygiene)?
“Today is a great day to be alive,” said my dad over 25 years ago. At age 38 he suffered his first heart attack and by age 40 he had three other heart attacks and triple bypass heart surgery. At that time, the doctors informed my dad that the surgery was only good for about ten years. At the ten year mark we looked at each other with wonderment on whether or not his ticker would tick anymore. You know what he said to me? “Today is another great day to be alive.” And now, 25 years later and some hypertension medicine he is still phoning me each day telling me that “today is a great day to be alive.” What my dad has been practicing all these years, and before Madonna made it cool to down dog, was Intelligent Yoga.
Bullying and teen suicide is a rapidly rising issue in the school systems. No Name-Calling Week was founded to improve community awareness to help in the fight against bullying and is supported by the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Thousands of schools across the nation participate in this awareness every year by integrating educational materials about verbal bullying into their curriculum. By raising awareness staff and students alike can learn the harmful effects of bullying and ways to put an end to it, creating a safe and healthier learning environment.
In the wake of Friday’s unthinkable tragedy in Connecticut, the RCBM staff has begun to discuss ways that we can do our part. It is easy to feel powerless when something like this happens but important to respond in constructive ways, even if they seem small in the aftermath of such tremendous loss.