REMEDY BLOG | GETTING INTO RHYTHM
REMEDY BLOG | GETTING INTO RHYTHM
Getting Into Rhythm
June 8, 2018 | Chad Hildebrand
The weekly medical journal, Lancet, recently took a "shot in the dark" to better understand how the relationship between activity and sleep are associated with mood disorders, wellbeing and cognitive function. Actually, it was a little more precise than that. In fact, the journal has been around since the early 1800s and was coincidently started by a guy name Thomas Wakley. So, maybe they know a little something about being alert after a good night's rest.
Time To Start Feeling a Bit Fitter
In the past, there have been a number of studies that have shown a direct relationship between our level of activity and the quality of our sleep. But now we have cool technology, like accelerometers, that can prove those old theories. So, what is an accelerometer? By definition, they are "movement monitors that have the ability to capture intensity of physical activity." Sound familiar? You may be wearing one right now.
For the study, over 90,000 UK residents strapped an accelerometer to their wrist and took off to see how our rest-activity cycles can be disrupted. What did they find? Lower activity led to increased risk of major depressive disorders, greater mood instability, lowered happiness, lower health satisfaction and slower reaction time (to name a few).
Read more about the study here.
Can You Pass Your Driving Test?
How many of you drive? Probably quite a few. So, its pretty obvious that slower reaction time can also be hazardous to our health. Are you curious as to how awake you are right now? Take this fun little driving test from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School to find out: How Awake Are You?
I couldn't help but take the test myself. After 9 hours of rest and 3 hours of awake time my average reaction time was 0.26 seconds.
The Difference Between A Piano, A Fish and A Tub Of Glue?
You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish. You may be asking about the tub of glue? And we knew you would stuck on that.
Bad jokes aside, the New York Times has generously provided us with a handy guide for a healthy tune-up that not only includes activity and sleep, but a handful of other helpful hints.
Get a heart rate monitor
Push yourself for 3 minutes
Check your heart rate
Repeat and try to beat your heart rate
Complete four sets of sprint and recovery
Start a meditation practice
Create a mission statement
Give yourself a sleep makeover
Read the full article here.
Here at Remedy Hike... we know when it comes to our health, there is so much more to it than hopping on the treadmill a couple times a week and choosing that salad for lunch. Everything we do, don't do, think and feel affects our wellbeing. So, next time you are having a hard time sleeping or don't feel rested enough to go for a hike... ask yourself how you can tune-up your health... then check our calendar of upcoming events and workshop hikes.
Not-so fun fact: Being awake for 22 hours straight can slow your reaction time more than consuming four alcoholic beverages.
We will always be disappointed that a group of squid isn't called a squad.
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