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What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone,” because it becomes more abundant when we are faced with a stressful situation. It affects the heart rate, breathing patterns, and other aspects of the body’s “fight or flight” response. But just what is cortisol? And what does it do? Probably

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: Tips to Keep You Healthy

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: Tips to Keep You Healthy

Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.

Treat These Sleep Disorders to Keep Your Brain Sharp

An estimated 40 million Americans—many of them seniors—suffer from long-term sleep disorders that result in sleep deprivation. And because poor sleep takes a heavy toll on the brain, detecting and treating sleep disorders is especially important for those of us who worry about maintaining mental acuity as we age.

Researchers have

Therapy May Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

If you have occasional trouble sleeping or you’re living with a sleep disorder, you may wonder if you’ll ever get a good night’s sleep again. Fortunately, there are several proven strategies you can learn and practice at home. These include relaxation training, cognitive therapy, stimulus control, sleep restriction therapy, and

4. Insomnia

“To sleep, perchance to dream,” was the desire of Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s drama. It’s also the desire of thousands of insomnia suffers, who can’t get a normal night’s sleep for a variety of reasons.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:

Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights

Ask the Doctors: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Q. What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
A. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of mental health counseling that helps a person become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking to help view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them more effectively. CBT therapy can be effective in as little

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