The Art of Snooze Boosting: Take the Sleep Quiz!

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Consistently getting a great night’s sleep is a game changer when it comes to your overall health. Your weight, ability to fight illnesses, blood pressure, and a boat load of other health factors are directly impacted by your sleep patterns. So, if you aren’t a solid sleeper, it’s time to get back on track.

To help you out, we have a “Sleep Quiz” that can identify some of the usual sleep destroyers. If you have a hard time getting a restful eight hours on a consistent basis, take this quiz, and when you answer “No,” think about adjusting your behavior. With a few tweaks, you’ll be sleeping like a baby.

  1. I wake up at about the same time each morning. □ Yes   □ No
  2. I exercise most days of the week. □ Yes   □ No
  3. I exercise earlier in the day, or at least three hours before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  4. I avoid stimulants such as caffeine, energy drinks, and certain medications after noon. □ Yes   □ No
  5. I eat a small, low-fat evening meal. □ Yes   □ No
  6. I don’t eat right before bedtime, usually at least two or three hours before bedtime. □ Yes   □ No
  7. In the evening I avoid large portions, high-fat or spicy foods, or other foods that trigger heartburn. □ Yes   □ No
  8. I drink most of my fluids during the day and before dinner. □ Yes   □ No
  9. I limit alcohol to special occasions. I don’t use alcohol to help me sleep. □ Yes   □ No
  10. I do a strength training exercise routine at least two times per week. □ Yes   □ No
  11. I do yoga or other gentle stretches in the evening. □ Yes   □ No
  12. I turn off all my electronic screens, and dim the lights at least one hour before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  13. I take time to meditate or just sit quietly each evening. □ Yes   □ No

If you have any other tips to get a great night’s sleep, we’d love to hear them! Just post them in our comments, and we’ll share them with the world.

Happy snoozing!

The Return of Weird Wellness Trivia

Here we go again! Is there anything more fun than random wellness trivia? Nope. If it’s your first time taking one of our wellness quizzes, just take the quiz, check your answers below, and see if you’re a wellness wiz!

1) Most fast food restaurants use three distinct colors in their advertising because they stimulate hunger. Can you name those three colors?  

Color

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2) Which age group requires the most sleep?

  • Teenagers (13-19)
  • Adults (25-55)
  • Seniors (55 and older)
Sleep

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3) What is the lowest SPF level somebody should use to effectively prevent sunburns?

  • 2
  • 15
  • 30
  • 50
Sunscreen

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4) Cruciferous vegetables are widely considered to be the healthiest vegetables people can eat. Which of the following is a cruciferous vegetable?

  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
Veggies

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5) Pepper is the top-selling spice in the world, what comes in second?

  • Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Paprika
Spices

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ANSWERS:

1) Red, Yellow, and Orange. Believe it or not, psychologists firmly believe that warm colors stimulate hunger in your brain. Crazy science!

2) Teenagers. Since teens are growing and developing at a rapid rate, most doctors believe that teens need almost as much sleep as an infant. So if you think your teen is being lazy by sleeping in, cut them some slack.

3) SPF 15. SPF 15. A sunscreen of SPF 15 blocks about 93% of UBV rays which is usually enough to prevent burning. A sunscreen of SPF 30 blocks about 97%. The benefits of using anything above SPF 30 are miniscule.

4) Cauliflower. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are other cruciferous veggies, also known as “Super Veggies.”

5) Mustard. Ok, so this isn’t really wellness related, but we thought it was a really cool trivia question. It’s food related, so why not!?

Turning the Civil War Rivalry into Healthy Pledges

MillionIdeas_thank youThanks to all those who pledged to ‘Go Healthy’ this Civil War!  From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in a friendly competition to take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, thousands of participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon non-profits in the process.

But… with all ‘friendly’ rivalries, there had to be a winner!

Congratulations to University of Oregon Duck fans for out pledging Oregon State University Beaver fans in this year’s PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge.

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

“Whether they root for the Ducks, the Beavers, or another team altogether, the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge is a way to unite all Oregonians around the common goal of living healthier by incorporating small but meaningful changes into their daily routines,” said Alexa Shook, director of Healthy Life for PacificSource. “And, while the challenge itself only lasts for a month, the HealthyLifeChallenge.org site is a year-round resource for ideas on how we can all incorporate healthier living into our everyday lives.”For every online pledge received, PacificSource Healthy Life donated one dollar to one of four Oregon non-profits that provide prevention and wellness programs. This year’s beneficiaries of the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge are the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Eugene Family YMCA, and Healthy Beginnings, which serves Central Oregon.

For more information on PacificSource Healthy Life Challenges or to get involved, visit healthylifechallenge.org