Category : Lifestyle


What’s Not Sleeping Well Doing to You?

Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.  

All of us just moved our clocks forward one hour to accommodate daylight saving time and many of us felt a little sluggish the next day because of the lost hour of sleep.  This simple example of not getting as much sleep as we do normally shows just how important a good night’s rest is to our mental and physical well-being.

The Vital Role of Sleep

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Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

“Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies,” says Dr. Michael Twery, a sleep expert at NIH. “It affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.” Research shows that lack of sleep increases the risk for obesity, heart disease and infections.

Benefits of a good night’s rest …..Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year olds.  JoJo Jensen

  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Makes you more alert
  • Improves your memory
  • May help you lose weight
  • Increases productivity
  • May reduce risk of depression
  • Helps the body repair itself

Recommendations to Help You Sleep More Soundly

Keep a consistent sleep schedule
The 2019 Sleep in America poll shows a strong correlation between sleep schedule consistency and being well-rested the following morning.  Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour.

Average Sleep Needs by Age chartWatch what you eat and drink
Avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime.  The stimulating effects of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol can take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep.

Create a restful environment
For most, having a room that is cool, dark and quiet is ideal for sleeping.

Limit daytime naps
If you choose to nap, limit yourself to up to 30 minutes and avoid doing so late in the day.

Include physical activity in your daily routine
Regular physical activity can promote better sleep as long as you don’t exercise too close to bedtime.

Manage worries
Try to resolve your worries or concerns before going to bed. Dwelling on them can make it hard to fall asleep.

Talk to Your Doctor

For prolonged periods of sleeplessness caused by any number of reasons, don’t hesitate to see a doctor to address your concerns.  Your good health depends on it.

Why We All Need Life Insurance

Life insurance isn’t something many of us want to contemplate, but we also recognize the benefits it provides.  The peace of mind that comes from knowing your family will be taken care of in the case of your death can be very reassuring.

There are a number of ways life insurance provides for your family.

  • Paying Final Expenses
    Life insurance policy benefits can be used to pay funeral or cremation costs; medical bills not covered by health insurance; and estate administration fees.
  • Replace Lost Income and/or Pay Off Debt
    Your beneficiaries can use the money to help cover essential expenses, such as paying off a mortgage or providing funds for your children’s college educations.
  • Secure an Inheritance
    Buying a policy with a named heir as a beneficiary can secure an inheritance for your loved ones.
  • Paying Estate Taxes
    Estate taxes may be due depending upon the state of residence and the size of the estate. Life insurance benefits may be used to partially or completely offset this cost for your heirs.
  • Contributing to a Charity
    Life insurance policies can name your favorite charity as a beneficiary. This ensures benefits are provided to your charity of choice.

Most of Us Should Have Some Life Insurance
There are good reasons for families and individuals at all stages of their lives to have some life insurance.

Whether you are married with kids, single or retired, life insurance should be part of your financial plan.  To learn more go to Who Needs Life Insurance.

When it comes to buying life insurance normally the younger you are the less it costs.  If you’re young, healthy, and have a good family health history, you are highly insurable and you’ll receive the best life insurance rates.  Waiting until you absolutely need life insurance can be very expensive, if you can get it at all.  Here’s another link that can help you calculate how much life insurance you actually need.  Go to Life Insurance Calculator.

Life Insurance Physicals from Blackbird Clinical Services
Blackbird Clinical Services does not sell life insurance.  But we do provide Life Insurance Physicals.  Most life insurance companies will require a basic physical prior to issuing a new policy or prior to increasing your coverage.

Blackbird Clinical can perform these physicals which include bloodwork, a urine specimen, an EKG, and a questionnaire related to your health habits and family medical history.

Quick, Convenient and Low Cost
You don’t have to wait for weeks to arrange an appointment for your life insurance physical at Blackbird Clinical.  We can schedule an appointment and get you in and out quickly, and at a cost that is substantially less than other healthcare providers.  All results are confidential and provided to only you and your insurance company.