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Dreaming of losing a few pounds? Get some sleep

October 15, 2010

When it comes to losing weight, the amount of shut-eye a person is getting might be just as important as the amount of food they're eating. According to new research being published in Annals of Internal Medicine, a lack of sleep can hinder a dieter's ability to shed excess body fat, with even short periods of sleep deprivation undermining weight-loss efforts. For the study, researchers at the University of Chicago put 10 overweight but otherwise healthy adults who were on a moderately calorie-restricted diet. The group was randomly assigned to sleep either 5.5 hours or 8.5 hours each night in a closed clinical research environment. Read more...

Why a Lack of Sleep Can Make You Fat, and How to Keep From Gaining Weight

October 14, 2010,,20232959,00.html

ou stayed up too late last night, so you grab a latte on your way into work. When you feel yourself slump at 3 p.m., you raid the vending machine. You're so tired at the end of the day, you can barely get home for dinner, let alone make a trip to the gym. Sound familiar? Many sleep-deprived people drag themselves through the day, skipping physical activity and relying on sugary pick-me-ups. But these habits don't fight off sleepiness for long. And even worse? Over time, they can contribute to weight gain or, at the very least, sabotage your efforts to lose those last few pounds. Read more...

Coaching for physicians - Building more resilient doctors

October 13, 2010

With the unprecedented rate of change in health care, it has become even more difficult for family physicians to balance their practices and personal lives Studies are beginning to show high levels of "burnout" among family physicians Lee et al found that 69.2% of family doctors participating in their study were moderately or highly stressed and discovered a correlation between stress and burnout and a desire to leave practice.1 Given the human resource implications, attention is increasingly being paid to the importance of physician resilience. In the May issue of Canadian Family Physician, the study by Jensen et al identified 4 elements associated with successful adaptation: attitudes and perspectives, balance and prioritization, practice management, and supportive relations.2 The authors argued that resilience is not only a product of inherent personality traits, but can also be improved by way of learned behaviour. This raises the following question: How can an already harried physician move toward more adaptive behaviour? Good intentions alone will not pave the way. Read more...

Sleeping on the job: How to beat at-work exhaustion

October 12, 2010

George Robitaille probably never dreamed of becoming an Internet sensation. As in, while the Toronto Transit Commission fare collector was asleep on the job, chances are he wasn't entertaining visions of someone snapping his picture and uploading it to Twitter, where it would earn Mr. Robitaille Internet infamy. But that's what happened two weeks ago, and public reaction has ranged from bemused to downright harsh. “I wish I could work at the TTC and take a nap every day like this guy,” one online commenter said. “He should be fired on the spot,” another wrote. Of course, some online commentators sympathized with Mr. Robitaille. As one wrote, “Who hasn't napped on the job at least once?” Read more...

Managing police fatigue: a high-wire act

October 08, 2010

Anyone who’s ever been to the circus knows what a complex balancing act is required of the daring acrobats who walk the high wire. While some attempt the feat “free-handed,” most use some sort of prop, such as a long drooping pole, to help maintain their balance as they walk the fine line between two points. Managing police fatigue is an equally complex balancing act that involves the needs of the community, the department, and the officers themselves. Most police departments today still attempt to address this issue “free-handed.” But a growing number are beginning to work closely with sleep researchers who can provide them with the props they need to make the task much easier. Read more...

Bowing to Body Clocks, N.B.A. Teams Sleep In

January 01, 2010

Bill Sharman is no basketball radical. He was not trying to revolutionize the N.B.A. when he became the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach in 1971. He simply wanted his players to be confident, relaxed and mentally sharp on game nights. Read more...

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