Improving Sleep For Family Caregivers

Everyone misses out on a good night’s sleep at some point or another. But when adequate sleep becomes a nightly struggle, it drains energy and can drastically affect a person’s health, mood and daily functioning.

People who have difficulty falling asleep and-or staying asleep might be dealing with the sleep disorder called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia also can include waking up too early in the morning or feeling unrefreshed upon waking. Insomnia is classified as either short-term or chronic, when it lasts at least three nights a week for a month or longer.

Adults generally need seven to eight hours of restorative sleep a night.

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Take Steps To Prevent Foot and Leg Problems

By Angela Quinn

Did you know that something as small as a hangnail on your toenail can become a wound that can takes months to heal? Did you know that if you have poor circulation in your legs you could develop ulcers that have difficulty healing even though there has been no injury?

Chronic wounds affect 4 million Americans per year and approximately 10 to 15 percent of diabetics develop chronic wounds. Risk factors associated with developing these wounds are liver illness, kidney problems, cardiac problems including difficulties with circulation, diabetes and cancer. There are different types of wounds including diabetic, arterial and venous.

Diabetic wounds are usually found on the bottom of the foot. They can be associated with neuropathy or decreased sensation of the feet.

To prevent and treat these wounds, it is important to:

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Acupuncture

By Cheryl McCarthy

Have you found yourself becoming completely absorbed with an activity only to realize the next day that it had left you with pain, numbness and weakness in the wrist or hand?

Have you awakened in the middle of the night with intense wrist discomfort?

You could have carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. CTS is defined as compression of the median nerve in the area of the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Continue reading

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