Did You Know That Your Brain Takes Breaks?

By Dr. Jack Singer

The human brain takes a rest of its own when you go to sleep, according to new research. A study paired EEG (electroencephalogram) readings with data collected by electrodes measuring electrical activity inside the brain while patients slept. The results showed that neurons within the brain sometimes take short breaks during sleep, and that these […]

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The Perils of Perfectionism

By Dr. Jack Singer

Finding work/life balance in today’s busy and highly competitive world could never be described as easy. For most perfectionists, however, it is downright impossible. Although many people tend to think of being a perfectionist as a positive thing, true perfectionism is, in many ways, extremely counterproductive. Not only does the need to attend to every […]

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Keeping Fit on Business Trips

By Dr. Jack Singer

Business trips often disrupt exercise routines. Without the familiarity of a local gym, home treadmill or jogging route, many travelers don’t work out. And this lack of physical activity can cause sleeplessness, fatigue and irritability. So here are some ideas for keeping in shape when you’re out of town: • Make reservations at a hotel […]

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Recognizing Burnout Before It Is Too Late

By Dr. Jack Singer

Do you feel constantly tired and irritated by work? Burnout’s symptoms are as varied as those who suffer it. Some people get angry, some become quiet and introverted, while others overeat or abuse drugs and alcohol. If your job is stressful, it’s important to find out if you’re headed for job burnout. Some common pressures […]

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Let’s Do Lunch?

By Dr. Jack Singer

Have you noticed that the phrase “Let’s do lunch” doesn’t seem to be as common as it used to be? And there is a good reason for that. We simply think we have too much to do and are not taking the downtime we need to recharge our batteries. When was the last time you […]

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Do You Plan Your Downtime?

By Dr. Jack Singer

If you’re like most people, you probably have a schedule or diary that is full of both work- and non-work-related business appointments, but few if any appointments with yourself, your family and your friends. That’s because the latter tend to be fitted in when we can spare some time, rather than being deliberately factored into […]

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Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Jack Singer

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s, most of us respond with denial (“It won’t happen to me”) or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She’s taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets […]

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