Topic: caffeine addiction

20 Natural Sleep Tips From the Experts

20 Natural Sleep Tips From the Experts

Yesterday I mentioned Dr. Dale Archer (medical doctor and psychiatrist) in a post I wrote called Don’t Rely on Your GP for Advice About Ambien, as we’ve been talking about prescription drug addiction a lot lately on Blisstree. Turns out, Dr. Archer used to run a sleep disorder clinic for ten years. So I asked him for ten suggestions that he’d give his sleep-deprived patients about how to fall asleep (and stay asleep) the natural way without the use of prescription drugs. And I specifically asked him not to say chamomile tea! (But I’m not sold on his radical idea to give up naps. And no booze four hours before bed? Sheesh.)

Then I asked Blisstree’s resident nutritionist and Foodtrainers founder Lauren Slayton for her top ten natural sleep remedies to see how they’d compare and contrast to that of a medical doctor. (I like Lauren because she says I can eat carbs at dinner, but she definitely disagrees with Dr. Archer about the idea of reading in bed.) More »

Introducing a New Eating Disorder for Self-Righteous Locavores: Orthorexia

Introducing a New Eating Disorder for Self-Righteous Locavores: Orthorexia

Attention, preachy health nuts who always make ordering food in a restaurant as complicated as possible: Recently, The Guardian reported that a new eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa, is on the rise. Orthorexia is characterized by an adherence to impossibly strict food rules, and a full-blown obsession with the quality and purity of every ounce of food that one puts into one’s body. Sufferers are typically college-educated, middle-class women and men older than 30. According to The Guardian, orthorexics revile and shun sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, soy, yeast, corn, and dairy products – and that’s just the beginning. More »

Coffee may prevent Alzheimer’s, but what’s the catch? According to a story yesterday on NPR’s Morning Edition, researchers recorded improvements in lab mice with Alzheimer’s, but only if the critters got a ton of caffeine. Theoretically, the human equivalent would mean drinking at least five cups of regular coffee every day, but at this point these findings are inconclusive. So keep doing your crossword puzzles.