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Use your HSA and FSA Funds Before It's Too Late

Did you know that you might only have until December 31st to use the money you earned before it disappears? It may be time to use your funds before it's too late. What’s the difference between an HSA and an FSA? An FSA (Flexible Spending Account) allows employees to set aside a portion of pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified medical expenses. An HSA (health savings account) is a type of tax-advantaged account where you can put money if you have a high deductible health plan (HDHP). You can use the money in the HSA to pay for future medical expenses, or you can use it as a retirement account, depending on your goals. The two accounts have some major...

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Hot Cocoa Bombs - 60 Minute Activities

  In this blog series, Sleep8 is branching out from sleep related topics to bring you fun activities that can be completed in about 60 minutes, the same duration as your Sleep8 cleaning cycle. These could be anything from recipes, crafts, DIY projects, skills to master, workouts, or more. Keep your eyes peeled to the Sleep8 blog to find your new favorite pastime.   If you’ve been on social media recently you have probably seen all the hype this year for buying local and supporting small businesses. I’ve seen so many cool crafts, services, and products that I typically wouldn’t see or think about in a standard Christmas season. One of the things that caught my eye a while back...

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Best Relaxation Techniques to Help You Sleep Like a Baby

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.*   There are over 80 different sleep disorders in which a whopping 50 million Americans suffer from — a fairly significant number! Additionally, 20-30 million struggle with intermittent sleep issues every year, resulting in a lot of lost sleep. Adequate sleep is crucial to both physical and mental health, with adults needing between 7 to 9 hours per night. A chronic lack of sleep can start to lead to a slew of problems like high blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, and an unstable mood. What’s worse is sleep deprivation puts you at a higher risk for more serious health issues like type 2...

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Sleep Habits Through the Animal Kingdom

  Nature can be downright mindboggling when it comes to activities like sleep. Good quality sleep is more than just lying motionless for any animal, even humans. Sleep is an active process characterized by unique patterns of brain waves. Although there are many mysteries in nature, everything seems to work together in perfect harmony. Organisms adapt for survival in various ways, but every species is different from the next. These adaptations extend beyond physical traits and are reflected in the behavior and sleep patterns of other animals. Humans need six to eight hours of sleep per day to function properly, and sleep deprivation dramatically reduces productivity. A giraffe only needs thirty minutes of sleep per day to function properly, and...

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Endocrine Disorders and Their Impact On Sleep

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.*   The endocrine system is a large, intricate, complicated system that helps control everything from sleep to appetite to sex drive to metabolism. Virtually every animal on planet earth - dogs, insects, whales - have an endocrine system. There are many possible issues that may arise as a result of an improperly functioning endocrine system. Today, let’s take a moment to better understand the causes, symptoms, and sleep effects of endocrine disorders. If any of the diseases or symptoms in this article sound familiar to you or a loved one, do not hesitate to contact your primary care physician. They will...

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