Okay, so you’re not going to live forever, but what if you could feel forever young?
That’s the premise of Philly’s first annual Forever Young health and wellness event helmed by internationally recognized integrative medicine pioneer, Andrew Weil. On October 21, Dr. Weil will join a host of special guests for the daylong event, which will feature classes, interactive demos, food tastings, a bookshop, and more than 40 exhibitors promoting healthy aging in adults. Event speakers, demonstrations, and exhibitors will focus on the four pillars of health: physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. All proceeds support Raymond and Miriam Klein JCC services for vulnerable seniors throughout Philadelphia. For more information, go here. To buy your tickets now, go here.
$15 in advance, $20 at the door, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sheraton Philadelphia, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia.
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“The most important thing is to make sure you don’t go into [daylight saving time] sleep-deprived. How you feel today is not just a function of how well you slept last night, but of the amount of sleep you’ve had over a period of time. You want to avoid sleep interruptions, like noise, light, and caffeine or exercise before bed. If you’re lying in bed unable to sleep, get up and do something until you feel sleepy. The worst thing to do is lie in bed awake. You’ll just worry about not sleeping.”
—Allan Pack, a sleep specialist at Penn
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To really get going in the morning, I need my unsweetened iced tea with lemon from Dunkin’ Donuts and a great song on Pandora. But that’s not the problem—the problem comes before this routine, when I actually have to drag myself out of bed. Even though an hour was just added to our sleep time (thank you, daylight savings), the extended night does little to overshadow the dark, cold winter mornings we have to look forward to in the next few months.
I wanted to know: How can I wake up and crawl out from under my warm covers feeling brighter, well-rested and—dare I say it—happier?
I asked Karl Doghramji, medical director at Jefferson’s Sleep Disorders Center, for tips on how to get the kick-in-the-butt I need in the a.m. He came back with a solid list of do’s and don’ts, and some tricks for getting the Zzzzs I need.
So I did what any good reporter would do: I tried them out. Here’s how it went.
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We’ve all been there: Head to the doctor’s office with a list of question, but by the time you get there you’ve forgotten them all. Or, let’s be honest, you whimp out.
Be Well Philly wants to help. If you have a medical question—whether it’s something you’ve always wondered about the human body or a question you’re too sheepish to ask your own doc—we’ll find the right doctor to answer your question. After all, we have a whole boatload to choose from. So why not put our resources to good work?
Then, every so often we’ll post an Ask a Top Doctor question here on the blog (we’ll ask permission to publish your name, of course). Because if it’s something you’re wondering about, there’s a good chance someone else has been thinking about it, too.
So go ahead—lay ’em on us. The doctor’s in.
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