In this edition of the Live Well, Work Well newsletter, you’ll learn about chronic sleep disorders and mindfulness. In addition, you’ll read about Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Sleep is essential for normal, healthy function. However, about 40 per cent of Canadians suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders can result from a number of causes, including stress, illness, diet or medication. Other causes include genetics, night-shift work, blindness, mental illness, physical illness and aging. Follow these tips for a good night’s sleep:
Prolonged and chronic stress can wreak havoc on your overall health and wellness, so it’s important to find healthy ways to manage it. One effective way to do so is to practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the process of bringing your full attention to experiences in the present moment. Being mindful means being aware of where you are and what you’re doing, as well as not being reactive or overwhelmed with what’s going on around you.
Many people achieve mindfulness through meditation and yoga, which has been shown to improve attention and sleep as well as decrease job burnout. In addition, meditation can help reduce stress, anxiety and pain. Mastering meditation and mindfulness takes practice, but getting started can be easy. The following are some simple ways to practice mindfulness:
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to educate yourself on the risk factors of this potentially deadly disease. While many think cigarette users are the only ones at risk, lung cancer affects smokers and non-smokers alike.
While a smoker’s risk of lung cancer is 30 times greater than it is for non-smokers, lung cancer can be caused by several factors, including exposure to radon, radiation, pollution, asbestos and second-hand smoke.
Detecting lung cancer early gives you the best chance of survival, and recognizing the symptoms is the first step. The most common symptom is a persistent cough that worsens over time. Other common symptoms associated with lung cancer include chest pain, blood-tinged spit, shortness of breath, wheezing and hoarseness.
If you believe you are at risk of developing lung cancer or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to speak with a qualified medical professional.
Makes: 10 muffins
Nutritional Information (per serving)
|Total Fat||5 g|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
|Total Sugars||2 g|
Source: Government of Canada
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