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Sleep, One of the Great Mysteries
Written by Hsien C. Young, MD on in Health & Wellness
Sleep is one of the great mysteries of neuroscience. Like the origin of the universe is for the astrophysicist, sleep has puzzled brilliant minds since antiquity. Ancient Greece prayed to the sleep god Hypnos to restore their bodies and minds. Hypnos is where we get the word hypnosis. The Romans had their own sleep god, Somnus, from which we get the word somnolence (sleepiness). We no longer pray to sleep gods, but we remain zealots in our desire for the restorative powers of sleep.
7 Tips for Achieving Desirable Blood Pressure Level
Written by Lindsey Arevalos, MHA, MS on in Health & Wellness
Keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range (less than 120/80) is important for keeping your heart and kidneys healthy. But what is one key thing to do in order to achieve this? You can reach that healthy range by keeping an eye on your sodium or salt intake. When you eat foods with too much salt or sodium, you retain fluid, which makes your heart work harder.