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The High Costs of Sleep Deprivation

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Have you ever given up sleep so you could see the end of your favorite television show or finish a project for school or work? Maybe you’ve given up sleep in the name of making more money with your side hustle. If so, you are not alone. I’ve done that too. In fact, one of my favorite sayings use to be “I can sleep when I’m dead.” I’ve stayed up late for each of those reasons at different times. But the truth is, if you have missed out on sleep, it doesn’t really matter the reason because the effect is still the same. Lack of sleep can have negative impacts on your life if you make a habit of it. It can affect many things that will in turn effect your finances with a domino effect. Here are some of the high costs of sleep deprivation. Feeling Sluggish Ok, this one is kind of obvious. You will find yourself yawning and having trouble with concentration due to a lack of sleep. But did you know it can also inhibit your decision making? This can be dangerous when you are driving and it increases the possibility of you being involved in an ...

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Apple’s CareKit might make healthcare more accessible and cheaper

The newest innovation in healthcare may come from an unlikely source: the Apple Store. Apple’s CareKit is poised to bring the disruptive potential of mobile computing to your GP’s office. CareKit is an open source platform that supports the creation of personal healthcare apps. CareKit leverages the success of ResearchKit, which connects patients with medical research, helping researchers collect real-time data on symptoms and treatment efficacy. ResearchKit isn’t even a year old, but it’s already had an impact. Apple announced on October 15th, six months into the platform’s launch, that 100,000 users were using the platform to participate in clinical trials. CareKit builds on this success by creating new tools for doctor-patient communication. CareKit features four modules. “Care Card” helps patients track medication and completion of tasks such as physical therapy exercises. The “Symptoms and Measurement Tracker” lets users record symptoms and capture other data such as photographs of wounds or rashes, temperature, or data related to sleep. The “Insight Dashboard” compares symptom progression to the Care Card to track treatment efficacy. Finally, the “Connect” module will allow for doctor-patient communication including data transmission. The biggest impact of CareKit will be in the areas of accessibility and affordability. Accessibility is ...

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The Best Dental Insurance Companies for 2016

The best dental insurance companies

Finding a good dental insurance company is the best way to maintain a healthy smile while also saving the most money to do the things you truly love. You may think that going to the dentist is a hassle and I did as well for the longest time, but then I realized I was only doing myself a disservice. A healthy mouth isn’t just about clean teeth and good breath. Your teeth and gums can lead to better overall health and save you a lot of money down the line. Here are six benefits of keeping good oral hygiene. Like many Americans who aren’t covered by their employer, you might be finding the process more challenging than you first anticipated and that is why we are listing these four companies below that are proving to make their customers smile in 2016. Don’t skimp on dental coverage if you don’t have to, but make sure to look through all the costs associated with every plan. Depending on how many times you go for a regular checkup, it might be financially wise to go with a lower priced plan that covers just the major procedures and you pay for dental checkups out ...

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Are the Best Things in Life Really Free?

best things in life really free

As a kid, I often heard my parents say things like the love of money was the root of all evil and that you can’t buy happiness. To an extent, I still believe this, but that belief comes with some conditions. I don’t mean to say that rich people are always happy and poor people are sad, but my question today is how much does money influence happiness and are the best things in life really free? What Are the Best Things in Life? The answer to that question depends on what stage of life you’re in. To my daughter, sleeping late, eating donuts for breakfast, ice skating, and watching cat videos on YouTube would be the best day ever. For some of my 80-year-old plus patients,  being able to get through the day without pain or asking someone for help with basic life skills makes a wonderful life. To me, the best things in life are love and having positive personal relationships, security, and good health. Can those be bought with money or are they really free? Love and Personal Relationships One of the most attractive things about my husband was the fact that we shared many of the ...

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