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Technique of the Week

The progressive muscle relaxation technique involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body to promote a sense of relaxation and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. By consciously tensing and relaxing your muscles, you can become more aware of the physical sensations in your body and help to release any tension you may be holding. This is a great technique to do before bedtime because it helps with both mental and physical relaxation.

Book of the Week

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker:

More than exercise, diet and wealth, science has shown that sleep is the most important factor to our physical and mental wellbeing.

In the first book of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge sleep science.

From what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change as we grow older, Why We Sleep is the wake-up call we need: transforming our appreciation of the vital role of sleep in all aspects of our lives.

Podcast of the Week

The Diary of a CEO is an unfiltered journey into the remarkable stories of the people that have defined culture, achieved greatness and created stories worth studying

In this episode, Matthew Walker (a professor of neuroscience and psychology) shares his research findings of the impact of sleep on human health.

News of the Week

The Good News Network is a place where wholesome stories are shared daily. This particular article stood out for me this week due to the combination of the thoughtfulness of the choir and the beauty of the singing:

A British choir has come to the rescue of a little American girl suffering from ‘night terrors’—by singing her to sleep with a special lullaby from 3,500 miles away.

Ever since their dad, music teacher Rick, came across a video of the Bristol Man Chorus singing a sea shanty last summer, 5-year-old Roslyn Kane and her sister Evelyn have been huge fans of the all-male group.

When Roslyn began having nightmares, Rick reached out to the choir from his home in Pennsylvania to see if they could help his daughter through the power of song.

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