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Get Better Sleep

Do you seemingly get a full nights sleep, yet wake up feeling tired? There are some common yet surprising causes of poor sleep:
  • Acid Reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)  Acid reflux may only occur when you sleep, so you may not even realize you have it. Try using a wedge pillow to elevate your esophagus, which makes reflux less likely to occur.
  • Allergens  One of the most common allergies people suffer from is dust (and dust mites). Mattresses and pillows are prime real estate for dust mites to lay their eggs and thrive. A simple and effective solution is to cover your pillows and mattress with a zippered hypoallergenic cover, which provide a barrier against allergy-inducing dust mites.
  • Temperature  A common reason for tossing and turning in your sleep is getting too hot. Our bodies rise in temperature during the day and lower at night. If the room temperature is set too high (higher than 65 degrees), the excess body heat has nowhere to be released. The same goes if you have too many covers on your bed.
Take this quiz to find out your sleep IQ and learn more about sleeping disorders.

References:
6 surprising sleep wreckers. (2011, September 06). Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/6-surprising-sleep-wreckers?page=3
Healthy sleep tips. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips

 

What is Myplate?

Myplate is the current nutrition guide published by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and focuses on eating healthy, eating the right amount of food, and being  physically active. Here are some recommendations from the myplate program:
  1. Build a healthy plate. Try to make half of your plate fruits and/or vegetables. Switch to skim milk to get the same amount of calcium & nutrients with less fat and calories. Make at least half of your grains 100% whole-grain, including cereals, breads, rice, pasta and crackers. Vary your weekly protein choices; try to include fish and beans, as well as meat and poultry.
  2. Cut back on solid fats, added sugars and salt. Added sugars and fats load foods with unneeded extra calories. Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure. Choose water instead of soda or sugary drinks. Choose lower-sodium soups, breads & frozen foods. Add spices to season food without adding salt.
  3. Eat the right amount of calories for you. Everyone has a personal calorie limit, that varies person-to-person, and is based on age, weight, activity level, gender, and more. Click here to find out your personal calorie limit.
  4. Get physically active. Myplate recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes (2 hrs 30 min) or more of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. Choose activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time.
  5. Use food labels to make better choices. Check for calories - be sure to look at the serving size, and how many servings you are actually consuming. Check for added sugars in the ingredients list. When sugars are listed close to the top of the list, the food is high in added sugars.
For more information, visit http://www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

References:
Myplate. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/


 

Coping with Spring Allergies

Do you suffer from spring allergies? Here are some tips to help you cope, so you can enjoy the warmer air and sunshine.

Shower after spending time outdoors. Pollen is very sticky, and hair is the perfect thing for pollen to stick to. Pollen also sticks to fabrics, so change your clothes when you come inside.

Keep your windows shut. We all love to let the fresh air in when the weather gets warmer, but pollen travels by air. When your car or home windows are open, you will get pollen on your car fabrics, bedding, and other fabrics inside.

Use allergy medications. If you know you suffer from springtime allergies, don't wait until your symptoms are unbearable to begin taking allergy medications. Getting ahead of histamine build-up will make the medications more effective.

Use nasal saline. Rinsing our your nasal passages 2-3 times per day when your allergy symptoms are active can greatly reduce sinus drainage and congestion.

Ask your Bedard pharmacist about what allergy medications will help you lessen your springtime allergy symptoms.
 

Sources
Haupt, A. (2012, March 21). A survival guide to spring allergy season. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/21/a-survival-guide-to-spring-allergy-season
Thompson, J. (n.d.). Seven tips for surviving spring allergy season. Retrieved from http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/hay-fever-210211-5.html

Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 30th, 2014
2 - 4:30pm @ Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn

Bedard is sponsoring ChocoLArt, a chocolate tasting event and silent art auction, a fundraising event to benefit SeniorsPlus.

Guests will sample a variety of chocolate-inspired dishes from the area's finest restaurants and chefs as they browse the collection of art, pottery, crafts and jewelry composing the silent auction. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Order tickets now.

 

Did you know...

Bedard Pharmacy in Auburn offers shingles vaccines.

Shingles is a painful skin rash that occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in your nerve roots.

If you have had chickenpox and are 50 years old or older, you can get the shingles vaccine, which lowers your chances of getting shingles.

Call Bedard Pharmacy in Auburn at (207)783-1410 for more information about the shingles vaccine and to schedule an appointment.
 

Arm Gel Band

The Gel Band arm band eliminates stress on injury, reduces inflammation and pain, and speeds healing.

Ideal for wear during athletic activity, work or rest, it applies compression to the working portion of the muscle and tendon without restricting circulation. An additional feature allows the user to heat or chill the removable gel cell for optimal thermal therapy.

Kinesiology Athletic Tape

StrengthTape™ kinesiology tape provides support and stability for muscles, joints, and tendons without limiting range of motion like a traditional brace. StrengthTape allows you to maintain flexibility and increase circulation for better endurance, faster recovery, pain relief and support.

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