One 20-minute session of seated, slow-stroke back massage resulted in a significant decrease in anxiety among new mothers on their first postpartum day, according to recent research.

Study Overview

The study, “The effect of slow-stroke back massage on the anxiety levels of Iranian women on the first postpartum day,” involved 100 primiparous women, or first-time mothers, with normal deliveries. The women, whose average age was 22, were randomly assigned to either the massage group or the control group.

Torturing new mothers? Who does that? Well, as a society, we all do. I’m not kidding, I’m perfectly serious, and I’m going to stop mincing my words and say it how it is. We torture mothers.

You’ve brewed countless cups of chamomile, taken your fair share of restorative yoga classes, and even tried to shut the lights just a little bit earlier. After all, quality ZZZs affect everything from your eating habits to your immune system—and we doubt you have time to be bogged down by a pesky cold.

It’s in baby food, yogurt, pasta sauce, and other food stashed in your kitchen — added sugar is lurking in more than two-thirds of pre-made food on grocery store shelves, according to a new Canadian study.

Sixty-six per cent of packaged food contains added sugar, scientists out of Public Health Ontario and the University of Waterloo suggest. They figured this out after poring over the nutritional data from a Canadian grocery store chain of more than 40,000 commonly available food items.

Detoxification occurs best while we are asleep because that’s when the body starts to rebuild and regenerate its tissues. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, which represents the main detoxification organ, functions optimally between 1am and 3am.

Therefore, we need to ensure that proper conditions are present for effective detoxification to occur. One requirement for proper detoxification is that we are actually sound asleep well before this time.

When my aunt learned I was pregnant with my fourth child, she begged me to respect the Chinese tradition of zuo yue zi, or “sitting the month.” Traced back to as early as the year 960, zuo yue zi is a set of diet and lifestyle restrictions practiced after birth to restore a woman’s “broken body.”

It’s one thing to want to hit the snooze button five times in a row because you were out too late the night before. (Guilty as charged.) It’s something else entirely when your energy is so low that you can barely make it up the stairs, or continuously feel sluggish no matter how many cups of matcha you down.

As it turns out, lack of sleep is just one cause of exhaustion—and you may be surprised by the others. From a hormone imbalance to taking your workouts too far, there are plenty of other factors that could have you feeling tired before the day has even begun.

Within the confines of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, a room filled with state-of-the-art medical equipment helps safeguard newborn infants.

Its equipment is lifesaving, but the personal touch provided by a group of volunteers called cuddlers makes this particular NICU something very special.

Participating in a yoga class, getting a massage or receiving a reiki session all resulted in significant improvements in the sense of well-being among cancer patients, according to recent research. However, the patients who received reiki reported a greater reduction in cancer pain than those who received a massage or participated in a yoga class.

Sleep is a wonderful thing, but a lot of people don’t get enough of it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of three American adults are not getting enough sleep.

This is problematic. Sleep deprivation is linked to the development of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress. We all need to try to get at least seven hours of sleep, but ideally eight — the recommended healthy duration — in 2017.