Let’s talk turkey: The truth about tryptophan

Post-Thanksgiving NapThis Thursday after digging into your delicious Thanksgiving meal, you might find yourself slouching on your sofa, pants feeling a little snug, and you might find yourself feeling a dozy. Your first inclination will likely be to blame that delectable turkey and all of that tryptophan. Because turkey has tryptophan, and tryptophan makes us sleepy, right?

Well…

This may likely be a myth that we have all been telling ourselves. The science behind tryptophan is pretty clear: tryptophan is an essential amino acid that our bodies need to help make niacin and serotonin. Our bodies do not produce tryptophan, so we must get it from our diet. Serotonin is believed to help us sleep better and stabilize our moods. It would appear, then, if tryptophan helps us make serotonin, and serotonin helps us sleep, that consuming tryptophan would make us sleepy, right?

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Working Outside: Making it Work for You

Feeling a little down sitting at your desk? Or is the stress of the day making you irritable and overwhelmed? The remedy may be closer than you think – a short stint outside could be just what the doctor ordered!

In 2005, Richard Louv coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder” to describe the feelings of anxiety and depression that many people feel when they spend too little time outside. There’s a reason we all fondly remember recess from our childhood – taking a brief break from the hard chairs and florescent lights of our offices and classrooms can make a huge difference in our health and mood. This beneficial time outside is something adult Americans are largely missing. Read on to discover the health benefits of taking your work outside, as well as some tips on how to make working outside possible and productive.

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The College of Medicine Health Sciences Campus has plenty of greenspace to take advantage of!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Sales Season Death Battle!

Beyond the retail tradition of shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday is now the steady fast Cyber Monday. But how is a shopper supposed to siphon out the best deal and on which day? I was overwhelmed and worried by the prospect of having to sort through an indigestible amount of Black Friday ads and mailing lists. What if I end up buying something I could get for a better deal on Cyber Monday? How is anyone supposed to get the best deal when Cyber Monday deals are usually not even announced until after Black Friday? What is this madness!?!?!

While I quested for the answers the biggest lesson I learned is that being a bargain shopper is all about your homework. Here’s the shakedown for the epic sales battle of Thanksgiving  vs. Black Friday  vs. Cyber Monday, when to shop and what to buy!

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Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming – let us help!

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