By Cassie Shortsleeve
If you've ever had problems falling (or staying) asleep, you're likely well-acquainted with using melatonin—a.k.a., the supplement form of your body's sleep hormone—to help you doze off.
Time off is what your brain thrives on. It spends hours every day working and managing the constant streams of information and conversation that come at you from all directions. But if your brain doesn't get a chance to chill and restore itself, your mood, performance, and health suffer. Think of this recovery as mental downtime—periods when you're not actively focusing on and engaged in the outside world. You simply let your mind wander or daydream and it becomes reenergized in the process.
Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease that affects your large intestine, or colon. It causes irritation and swelling called inflammation. Eventually that leads to sores called ulcers in the lining there.
by Barbara Stepko
There are a range of treatments for this common age-related problem
Bacteria in the gut may affect our mental well-being and could be linked to depression, researchers said on Monday after conducting the largest study of its kind so far.