Sunday, April 19, 2009

Starting Refreshed

The taxes are filed, financial aid has been requested and the groceries have been purchased. It sounds like spring break has been a success, not to mention sleeping in once or twice.

Back to School

It was hard to stay away from the books for a week knowing full well that the next six weeks will be building upon previous information. Gearing up for the last block of the first year of medical school has taken some effort as the tank of enthusiasm was reading empty.

Fortunately, the last set of exams went well and only one exam week remains. We are on the verge of starting two new subjects Renal Physiology and Immunology. From my understanding both are rather challenging subjects. I will take their word for it as I have learned professors know how to pack a lot of information into a few weeks of lecture.

Clinical Corner

Sleep

Sleep, it does a body good. Sleep disorders can make getting the rest you need very unpleasant. Circadian rhythms help to cycle our sleep patterns which induce relaxation and waking affects. No less than 7 hours of sleep are recommended to maintain optimum health and cognitive functioning. Thanks to spring break, I think I am back on schedule.

Technology and other methods are available to help individuals who suffer from the lack of a good night's sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping or getting your child to sleep, check out the Marpac SleepMate and the Conair Sound Therapy Clock.

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