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Search the internet for a recent news event (i.e., within the last six months) about scientific advances in supporting wellness. The event should come from a well-known news source, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, NPR, PBS, BBC, National Geographic, The New York Times, and so on. Post a link to the news story, and in your initial post, identify the following:
Summarize your news story and its contributions to the science or STEM fields.
If your news event is overtly related to wellness, how does this event contribute to wellness studies? If your news event does not directly relate to wellness, how could the science behind your event be applied to wellness studies?
In response to your peers below, provide feedback about their news story and describe the value of the scientific lens for understanding wellness.
Megan Lewis Post:
NBCNews.com has a list of 9 science backed wellness trends. One that I resonated with is number 2, The Rebranding of Sleep. IT used to be a trend “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” but now there is an increased focus on the importance of sleep in regards to your overall wellness. There are many sleep tracking apps you can download on your smart devices today, one I use is the fitbit app. The fitbit watch tracks your sleep, it actually breaks down the night hours into awake, REM, light and deep sleep. I love looking back at the previous month sleep scores, and realizing the data is actually right! If I toss and turn throughout the night, I’ll awaken and look at the time, the next day my fitbit app is right on the money with the time I actually woke up. I try my best to get my 6-8 hours, but usually I average around seven hours of sleep a night. I feel more productive and energetic when I sleep the proper amount of hours. I think my grades and focus in school is better as well.
Dr. Phyllis Zee MD, Ph.D, a sleep medicine specialist in Northwestern Medicine states “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that sleep quality and proper timing of sleep are essential for brain, immune, cardiovascular and metabolic health.” Deep sleep is the phase of sleep you reach if you’re getting high-quality sleep, so that is what I look for on my sleep tracking feature of the fitbit app.
Maggie O’Farrell Post:
I have found a news article through CNN News titled How to improve sleep habits to support emotional wellness, according to a therapist. This article gives scientific evidence and examples on ways we can better our emotional wellness and advance wellness moving forward by improving sleep habits. This article was written by a therapist based on an interview with a man struggling with his wellness and lost on what next steps to take because nothing seemed to work for him. Although when she asked him about his sleep and how often and well he was sleeping as well as what his sleep patterns were there were factors pointing towards his struggles, and that’s where the article began on the issues of lack of sleep relating to declined emotional wellness. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that only 1 in 3 adults fail to get the proper sleep needed to support their emotional wellness. Individuals who fail to get the proper amount of sleep tend to struggle with anxiety, depression, and ability to focus more than individuals who are getting 7 hours or more sleep a night. As science and technology continue to advance with being able to track sleep patterns, find issues relating to reckless sleep, and illnesses relating to lack of sleep the issue for needing more sleep becomes more relevant and pressing. Science plays a large factor in sleep studies and being a direct advocate for improving sleep patterns because these are the researchers who are advancing medicine and treatments for people coming about with various illness and mental health issues and concerns and there is direct correlation with lack of sleep and a healthy mental and physical well being.
This article directly relates to wellness, specifically emotional wellness and the correlation of wellness and the proper amount of sleep needed to achieve wellness. This article contributes to the wellness study in many ways starting off with pointing individuals in a new direction if they feel as if they have tried it all and nothing is working to improve their wellness. This article shows direct relation to depression, anxiety and lack of motivation if sleep requirements are not being met, which all of these factors can negatively effect an individual’s wellness. This article gives information on an issue that creates barriers to achieving wellness and the steps you can do to fix it or prevent it all together.
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