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Can we control our dreams?

Have you ever realized mid-dreams that you’re dreaming, and then been able to somewhat control the experience? Only about 20 percent of people regularly have such “lucid dreams,” but a study in Dreaming suggests it may be possible to induce them. Researchers asked 169 participants to try several techniques, and one called MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) proved particularly effective. Researchers instructed participants to use an alarm to wake up after five hours of sleep and repeat the phrase “The next…

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Is your personality linked to your sleep quality?

Those of you who are following publications on the Stress-n-Health corner FB are already familiar with personality traits that constitute the Big Five model. These personality characteristics (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, Openness, and Agreeableness) have been investigating as predictors of sleep quality. The study published in Health Psychology  examined more than 22,000 adults aged 30 to 107. Personality and sleep quality were assessed in the beginning of the study (baseline) and then again 4 to 10 years later. The researchers found…

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In Stress and Health

Wearable Devices / Mobile Apps and Your Mood

Wearable devices that can track how many steps you walked today, measure your heart rate or evaluate how well you slept last night successfully occupied the global market. Moreover, mobile technology is pushing new boundaries, aiming to measure emotional well-being as well as physical health. Tech companies claim that biosensor technology in the devices can detect stress and anxiety by tracking the body’s physical reactions. In 2017, Spire performed a Workplace Stress Study together with a Stanford psychology researcher. Spire is…

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Stress and Immunity

Stress often feels like a parasite slowly sucking the life and light out of its host. In a country where 6.7 million of its inhabitants ages 15 and up report “most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful,’” according to Statistics Canada, it is no wonder there is such a strong focus on health and wellness in Canada. Stress affects Canadians’ health in more ways than most can imagine, and in more people, which Dr. Inna B. Mertsalova has…

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