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Posted by Julia Tortorice

New York City – nicknamed “the city that never sleeps” – is known for its energetic atmosphere that continuously stays in motion throughout the day and night. The city's entertainment opportunities are endless, with its thriving nightlife scene and restaurants staying open until late into the night. However, this non-stop ball of energy and excitement could affect your health.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), getting the proper amount of sleep each night is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a matter of fact, the NSF states that the quality and quantity of your sleep you receive each night strongly ties to your mental health and emotional well-being. When you go to slee

Posted by Julia Tortorice

Nursing in the Big Apple can be overwhelming.

Between the high volume of patients and the city’s normal hustle and bustle, it can be difficult to find a moment of relaxation and reflection.

That being said, there are few places where doing so is more important. Surviving and thriving in New York means being intentional with free time - building a space to clear your mind and focus on self-improvement.

Creating Space Amidst Chaos

With long shifts where seemingly anything can happen, it may feel like the only way to settle down post-work is to flop on the bed and grab some shut-eye.

While rest is incredibly important, there are a few ways nurses can transition from work to personal life without running themselves ragged.

  1. Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Find the Right Big Apple Apartment to Fit Your Needs

    With nearly 9 million residents and broad-spanning hospital systems, it’s no surprise that scores of travel nurses make their way to New York each year.

    Beyond the challenge and opportunity of serving America’s largest city, there are plenty of reasons why nurses choose to work in New York.

    For one, it offers nursing wages that average 12.8% higher than the national average(1). It’s also an amazing opportunity beyond employment - access to incredible museums, fine dining, and Broadway shows...

    Nurses that have made the decision to move to New York likely have a lot on their minds. Regardless of where they are coming from, New York will undoubtedly be a change of pace.

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    The weather’s warming up, the family vacations are planned and the kids are nearly out of school for the summer – what could be better? As the sun becomes more intense throughout the summer months, you might start to notice that it takes less and less time for your skin to start getting sunburnt while participating in outdoor activities. And while it’s always nice to get some Vitamin D and have glowing, radiant skin, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be damaging to your skin if left unprotected.

    If you are planning a family vacation that involves traveling to a state where the sun’s ultraviolet rays are more intense, such as Florida, then you really have to think about young children and infants whose skin is at more risk for sunburn while outside. Being knowledgeable about how the sun and heat can damage your skin is the start of the best way to protect yourself

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    It seems like we’ve all been there before — the weather begins to warm back up, the flowers begin to bloom and then something in the air starts to make us sneeze. Once we start sneezing, our nose starts to drip like a faucet and then we start dealing with the aftermath of seasonal allergies. And unfortunately, in this day and age, having a runny nose, watery eyes and a cough can sometimes be confused with being sick with an illness, such as COVID-19. 

    When the weather begins to warm up and the pollen starts to take over, people that have severe allergies end up having some really long, bad days. Fortunately, there are ways to help make the allergies not be so bad and there are even ways to help avoid getting a bad allergy attack. But before we get into that, let’s talk about what allergies are and why we react to them the way we do. 

    What are Allergies

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    Each year, as the seasons change and the weather brings new and exciting transformations, such as the leaves changing colors and the weather dipping well below warm temperatures, we begin to also see a slight change in our health. With cooler, chillier temperatures, humans instinctively gather inside where it’s warm. But unfortunately, this means we tend to share spaces with one another a little more, which leads to us catching a cold, the flu or even catching a different airborne virus that’s spreading around.

    Thankfully, there are ways to help slow the spread of viruses and illnesses, which means we can help keep people a little more healthy. But why does it seem like the cooler weather always brings a string of illnesses along with it? Is it just a coincidence? Let’s dig deeper into this thought.

    What makes us get sick during the winter?

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    Even though we live in a time where going to see a therapist is commonly practiced among society, most of the time, there is still a negative stigma behind addressing mental health issues. In many cases, these bad stigmas can discourage someone who really needs help to seek out a professional. And when our mental health issues go unchecked, it can sometimes lead to creating even bigger, more serious problems, such as major manic episodes or long bouts of depression.

    So, maybe you have been recommended to talk to a therapist in the past or are interested in taking the initiative yourself. Either way, it’s good to research and find out what type of therapy is best for your situation and learn a little about what happens behind closed doors to help ease your nerves.

    What to Expect at Therapy

    If you have never gone to therapy before, it can sound intimidating at firs

    Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors and lives in an area where deer ticks live needs to be aware and cautious of Lyme disease. Bites from deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which can have devastating effects if it's not diagnosed and treated quickly. Stay vigilant about tick bites, and watch for common symptoms of Lyme disease. If you notice early symptoms, see a doctor right away.


    Lyme disease was recognized and classified in the United States in the 1970s. A group of people in Lyme, Connecticut, began experiencing serious health issues that included skin rashes, headaches, severe fatigue, swollen knees, and paralysis. Eventually, researchers found that all of the people with these mysterious symptom

    Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Kids are using the Internet more than ever before on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, especially as online learning has become more prevalent. Internet safety is an important topic to discuss with kids so they're aware of the potential dangers of Internet use. Parents should also use tools such as parental controls and privacy settings to keep kids safe.

    Digital Cleanse

    A digital cleanse is a process of detaching from electronic devices that are connected to the Internet. The purpose of a digital cleanse is to focus on in-person interactions and reduce sources of stress. If electronic devices have become too much a part of daily life, a digital cleanse can be useful for breaking negative behavior patterns. The

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    As Hurricane Ida came across the country it unleashed a powerful wrath of storms, wind and rain, dangerous flooding throughout the United States – particularly in New York and surrounding areas – and caused many people to go without power and experience flood damages.

    As the rains continued, flash flooding became a big problem and even caused deaths throughout the Northeastern region of the United States. Per Reuters News, “… Hurricane Ida unleashed torrential rains that swept away cars, submerged New York City subway lines and grounded airline flights... Across large swaths of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, residents spent the day coping with

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    While vacationing at the lake house this summer with family, one of the last things you would expect to happen would be to get sick with a cold or flu. However, as mask mandates and social distances guidelines continue to lift, the spread of germs increases. A year ago when the pandemic hit, many people started working from home, practicing social distancing and wearing a mask to help slow the spread of the virus. And with that, cold and flu numbers became almost non-existent. 

    More recently, however, “urgent care centers report an uptick in adults coming in with a number of viral infections that resemble a common cold or flu, but are not COVID-19,” according to WRGB CBS 6 Ne

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    School is finally out for the summer, businesses and tourist attractions have opened up their doors back to the public and everyone is making their escape out of the house after being cooped up inside for over a year. After the pandemic swept across the country and the world, making it difficult to travel or even leave the house, it’s finally coming back to normal and people are traveling more than ever before. In fact, according to major news outlets, traveling for leisure has seen a big uptick in the past month or two and will most likely continue through the summer.

    If you have traveled before with young children, you understand that it takes a bit of planning ahead – and sometimes – even bravery to conquer getting to your final destination. Whether you are traveling by plane, car, train, bus or even a boat, there are typically rules and regulations you should know abou

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    Your feet are an important part of your body. In fact, according to heathline, it’s estimated that people typically average walking around 75,000 miles by the age of 50. Between work, being at home, exercising or even on vacation, you are always using your feet. And because of all the wear and tear over the years, you might start to see your feet take on some damage.

    Luckily, there are ways to keep common foot problems at bay. And, if it’s something that requires a specialist, a Podiatrist – also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) – is someone who treats the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.

    Most common foot problems

    When your feet are in pain, it’s typically something you’ll want to address rather quickly – especially if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet often. Feet problems are pretty common since they get

    Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever for everybody to wash their hands, but sometimes, it can be difficult to get kids into the handwashing habit. It's crucial to help kids understand why it's important to wash their hands, when to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, and what to do if they need help staying healthy.

    When to Wash

    There are a

    Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Children are some of the most vulnerable people and the least likely to be able to look out for themselves. That's why it's crucial that parents and caregivers do whatever is necessary to minimize the risk of harm to children. This may include changes to the home environment as well as teaching children about how they can stay safe while they are at home, in the water, on the roads, or online.

    Safety at Home

    According to Safe Kids Worldwide, every minute of every day, one child dies from a preventable injury. There are many ways that parents can prevent injury to children at home, starting as soon as they're born. Babies should be placed on their backs to sleep until they are 1. They need to sleep in their ow

    Posted by Julia Tortorice

    Do you like playing sports with your friends? Staying active and eating healthy food keeps your body strong so you can have fun. There are lots of games and activities you can do to stay in shape. You'll feel happier when you keep yourself healthy, and your body will be ready to hit the ground running when it's time to play outside. When you don't take care of your body, normal activities like climbing the stairs or going for a walk can make you feel tired and out of breath. Kids' health problems can even follow you when you grow up. That's why it's important to start and maintain healthy habits now.

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    From an early age, you are taught one of the most essential lessons of hygiene – washing your hands. You are taught to wash your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, after playing outside in the dirt, after petting animals, and especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands. When washing your hands, hopefully you are using soap and water, the two most vital ingredients for getting rid of germs and bacteria. But have you ever wondered when people started using soap? And what makes it so important to use?

    Washing your hands with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can help you stay healthy and help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    One of the biggest complications that we face as human beings is dealing with stress. Stress affects everyone to a certain extent, but how well you learn to manage or cope with it can determine how it affects your overall health and your day-to-day actions, such as how well you handle stress at work, at school, or even with your loved ones.

    With April marking the start of National Stress Awareness Month, we are here to give you some pointers on ways to identify the stressors in your life and learn how to better manage them in a way that will let you resume your normal daily functions with ease.

    What is stress exactly?

    Although everyone experiences stress from time to time, everyone experiences stress differently due to the varying types of pressures involved. Depending on what the stressor might be, it could be just a one-time or short-term occurrence or it can happen repeatedly over a long period of time.

    Typically, stress can be broken dow

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    Your teeth are unique to you. So unique, in fact, that no two people’s teeth are the same – even for identical twins. For years, detectives have been able to use dental records to occasionally identify human remains due to this fact. 

    An important part of being an adult and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taking care of your pearly whites. After all, once you lose your baby teeth, you only have one set of permanent teeth to last an entire lifetime, so it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible. Plus, who actually likes getting their teeth drilled into for cavities and other procedures? It’s better to just nip it in the bud and take care of your teeth on a daily basis, the right way. 

    Posted by Emily Pazel

    In a world where we upload a picture of our food to social media before eating it, it’s no wonder that our fascination with food has dramatically increased over the years. In the United States alone, one thirdof children are now either overweight or obese.

    Although having extra weight as a child might seem harmless, the consequences come later in life when you face higher risks of health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, or even become more prone to developing mental disorders such as high levels of stress or depression.

    With this growing epidemic

    Posted by Sandy Thompson

    You have no doubt incurred some sort of burn in your lifetime. Whether you’ve scalded your hand with boiling water while cooking, developed a blistering sunburn after a long day at the beach, or something worse, burns can range from slight annoyance to life-threatening.

    Thanks to advances in medicine and our overall understanding of what happens when a person gets burned, we are now more than ever better equipped to treat victims of burns. This has drastically decreased the mortality rate that we see from severe burns today—in 1952, victims of more than 50 percent total body surface area burns had only a 50 percent chance of

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    Most diabetics are familiar with the daily task of pricking their finger to draw blood, it’s something they must do to test their levels. But a new tool on the horizon will allow diabetics to ditch the pricking and it’s as easy as breathing.

    Oxford University researchers have developed an breathalyzer that replaces the need for drawing blood, according to ExtremeTech.

    As pointed out in the report, published in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry, diabetics can have fruity smelling breath, which indicates acetone. It’s a natural byproduct of the metabolism.

    A strong presence of acetone signifies ketoacidosis. This could mean that there isn’t enough insulin in the bloodstream to handle glucose, wh

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    The damage diabetes can cause to important organs like the kidneys, heart and even eyes are pretty well known, but new research reveals that poor blood sugar levels can damage the brain as well.

    The study, published in the Neurology journal, found that brain damage from diabetes can result in lower cognitive function and the loss of ability to complete daily functions.

    Dr. Vera Norak, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research group in the diabetes study.

    Norak and her associates monitored 66 people who were on average 65-years-old, over the course of two years.

    About half of the group had diabetes w

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    The Easter holiday is now behind us, but one thing sure to be left over everywhere is chocolate.

    You may have already spotted a couple chocolate eggs or chocolate Easter bunnies at your hospital’s receptionist desk.  Or maybe they were tucked in various areas near nurses’ admin area.

    Either way, professionals like you already know the fat, sugar and calories in chocolate is filled with threats to your waistline and overall health---like obesity, diabetes and a number of other complications. 

    There’s no doubt that’s it’s easy to give into a craving and take a bite, but you may appreciate the fact that certain chocolate has some seriously redeeming health benefits.

    The cocoa bean used to make chocolate contains plant sterols and flavanols, which are very powerful antioxidants.

    Chocolate rich in plant sterols and flavanols have been linked to improved memory, blood circulation, prevent strokes, lo

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    Every February, tons of chocolate is sold in heart-shaped boxes, adorable teddy bears are dressed up in top hats with “I Love You” messages, and millions of people hang out at the card section of the store as Valentine’s Day nears, trying to find the perfect words to express how they feel.

    Aside from the commercialism of it all, love is truly a splendid thing, but it’s more than just the euphoric high of falling in love or that safe, familial feeling people experience with friends and family. Love has a  measurable impact on the heart and overall well-being.

    Here are just a few ways love makes you healthy.

    Heart Health

    A 2013 Finnish study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found cardiac events (both fatal and non-fatal) were 58 to 66 percent higher in unmarried men and 60 to 65 percent higher in unmarried women. Married people who underg

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    There are many reasons to enjoy working the night shift if you’re a nurse---many times you can earn more money, less management is present, the patient visitations slow down, less tests are being administered and fewer phone calls are being made.

    However, one of the most dreadful parts of working the night shift for many nurses is the dreaded weight gain. If you feel like you’ve gained weight since working at night, you’re not going crazy.

    Research Finds Weight Gain Trends in Night Shift Nursing

    Several nurses complain of weight gain when working the night shift, and over the years, plenty of research has shown that this is a real problem. According to a study published in the May 2012 issue Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an experiment conducted with 2,000 Australian nurses found that nurses who switched from the day shift to the night shift gained weight over a two-year period, with their Body Mas

    Posted by Kristal Roberts

    When we think of November, we often think of Thanksgiving, turkey and our favorite rich meals and decadent desserts that families eat on the holidays, but November is Also National Diabetes Month.

    Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but thanks to advancements in modern technology, diabetic patients are literally taking their health issues into their own hands.

    Diabetes Type 1 usually develops in the average person by age 20, when the pancreas can no longer develop insulin, so patients have to be treated with insulin along with other medications.

    However, the most common type of Diabetes is Type 2, which causes excess glucose in the blood, and it can be controlled through diet and exercise, or in some cases, reversed.  

    Whether you are concerned about becoming diabetic, have been diagnosed as prediabetic, or you have full blown diabe

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Lack of Vitamin D May Lead to Premature Death

    People who are deficient in vitamin D may be twice as likely to die prematurely than those who have adequate levels of this vitamin.

    According to a  recent study, a research team discovered, as observed over nine years, that people with less than 10 nanograms per milliliter of vitamin D present in their blood levels are twice as likely to die early than people with at least 30 nanograms/milliliter of the vitamin.

    This is based on a review of 32 studies conducted on vitamin D blood levels and the death in 566,583 participants from 14 countries, including the United States, whose average age is 55. Their 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels, referring to the vitamin D present in blood, were studied.

    Based on the results of the study, people should try to increase their vitamin D levels, according to the study author and UC San Diego professor Cedric Garland. Three years ago, the Institute of Medicine has

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Obesity is a common health problem in the US, with more than a third of its population suffering from the condition. Obesity greatly increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. But recent study shows that both conditions can be prevented by eating the right type of chocolate. Cacao and cocoa powder, for instance, are among the types of chocolates with the highest levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

    If you eat high levels of flavanols, it could reduce insulin resistance and enhance glucose regulation, effects which may protect you from type 2 diabetes.

    The research team of a mouse study was led by Andrew P. Neilson, a researcher from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. They found out that cocoa, the main component of chocolate, restricted the mice’s ability to gain weight and reduce their sugar levels.

    This study was also supported by a study conducted ea

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Putting your meals of the day into two large meals instead of six smaller ones will give you the same amount of calories while controlling your blood sugar levels and weight among patients with type 2 diabetes.

    This is according to a recent study in the Czech Republic, which was published in Diabetologia, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

    The research consisted of 54 patients, 25 women and 29 men. They were under medication for diabetes. Many of them were between 30 and 70 years old. They were distributed into two groups of 27 members each. Each group had to follow one of the two diets with limited caloric content for 12 weeks. After such period has passed, the group switched to the second diet and con

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Coffee has a compound that could lower the damage to your eyesight and prevent blindness often caused by aging, glaucoma, and diabetes, according to a study.

    Raw coffee contains 1% caffeine, but it has 7% to 9% chlorogenic acid (CLA), which is a strong antioxidant. When tested on mice, it lowers the effect of retinal degeneration. This is based on a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

    The retina requires a high level of oxygen, which puts it at risk of experiencing oxidative stress. If it does not get enough oxygen, it will be exposed to free radicals, which could cause blindness.

    During the research, which was funded by The Korea Institute of Science and Technology, the mice were exposed to nitric oxide, which led them to experience free radicals and oxidative stress. Eventually, the mice showed signs of retinal degeneration. However, those which were treated with CLA before they were treated with nitric oxide showed no s

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    People who are underweight are in more danger than obese people, according to a study.

    Researchers concluded that extremely underweight people have double the risk of dying, based on 50 studies that were previously conducted on the subject.

    Health campaigns have been so far focused on obesity, but it is also a must to ensure that there are campaigns aimed to prevent underweight problems among adults and fetuses alike. The anti-obesity campaign should be staged in a way that it would not lead to underweight problems.

    The dangers of being underweight were the subject of a study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health.

    The study was conducted on people who were monitored for five years or more. Their BMI and its relationship to fatalities were analyzed.

    Dr. Joel Ray, the head of the research team, also studied how weight among stillborns and newborns are related to their death.

    They found out that u

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Honey may be a solution the medical community is looking for to help them resolve problems brought about by antibiotics resistance.

    Honey has the ability to attack bacteria causing infection on various levels, hindering bacteria from being resistant to drugs. That’s because this natural sweet food is equipped with weapons of its own, such as osmotic effect, hydrogen peroxide, acidity, polyphenols, and high sugar concentration. All these natural weapons can eliminate bacterial cells. Its osmotic effect alone dries the bacterial cells out and kills them.

    Another attribute that makes honey effective in killing bacteria is that it prevents the formation of any biofilm, which refers to the bacteria communities that cause diseases. This is due to the fact that the honey prevents quorum sensing, the bacteria’s method of communicating with each other that could possibly lead to biofilm formation. Without quorum sensing, some bacteria cannot even produce toxin

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Caffeine has long established to have health benefits. However, a new study has shown that it may improve long-term memory when consumed after studying.

    This is based on a paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study was led by Daniel Borota from Baltimore’s John Hopkins University. He considered how previous research has looked into caffeine as a cognitive booster, but not its effects on long-term memory.

    The team studied 160 participants who are 18 to 30 years old. They were all shown photos to be classified as indoor or outdoor. Half of the subjects were administered a caffeine pill after they are asked to classify the photos, while the other half were given a placebo. The next day, they were shown the same photos and some new ones. They were asked which photos were old, new, or similar to the ones shown before.

    Although both groups were able to identify new photos from the old ones, the group that was given caffeine pills knew

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Kids who don’t get enough sleep tend to make up for it with food, according to research.

    The study was conducted on 16-months-old kids. It showed that those who only slept for less than 10 hours at night ate 150 kcal more than those who slept for 13 hours or more.

    The research studied the children of 1,303 UK families, particularly their sleeping patterns at 16 months old and their diet at 21 months old.

    Figures showed that there is a difference of in the kcal consumption between the two groups, as the kids who sleep more only consumed 982kcal, while the kids who sleep less consumed 1087kcal. This was the first research that showed the relationship between sleep and energy intake among kids younger than three-years-old.

    The study was targeted towards this age group when weight gain is still uncommon, helping establish the possibility that kids this young gain weight from increased energy intake due to lack of sleep.

    However, th

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Are you tired of eating the same meals day in and day out? Why not spice it up a little and experiment by trying some international foods at home. Some new flavors may be a little overwhelming at first but there’s a world of culinary possibilities waiting for you to explore.

    For starters, international recipe books, such as David Joachim’s “Cooking Light Global Kitchen” can give you healthy and absolutely tasty foods straight from your kitchen.

    The good news is that many international foods are effortlessly healthy. According to Joachim, many of their recipes are made of a reasonable amount of meat with plenty of vegetables. But his cookbook isn’t intended for vegetarians alone.

    The delicious Thai curry, for instance, uses ingredients such as antioxidant-rich mashed chili peppers, shallots, and lemongrass. These are then mixed with shrimp or any other food that you might want to try.

    There are a number Internation

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease. But according to the latest research  findings in Japan, this doesn’t seem to be a problem for vegetarians, who have lower blood  pressure than those who have a largely omnivorous diet. Then, is vegetarian diet good for  preventing high blood pressure?

    The Osaka research findings that are published in JAMA Internal Medicine have a meta-analysis based on the millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) of the participants who are divided into vegetarians and omnivores. The study found that vegetarians have lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than omnivores in both clinical trials and observational studies. This reduction is consistent with that of a 11lb weight loss or a low sodium diet. Even a 5 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure can shave 14% off your risk of dying from stroke and 9% off your risk of dying from coronary heart disease.

    But the researchers also consider sever

    Posted by Norlyn Golez

    Having trouble conceiving? It can be quite frustrating having to wait for months or years for  some good news, while it seems too easy for other couples to get pregnant. It’s still hard for  experts to determine what could be the reason behind this. However, there are some tips that  may increase your chances of finally having a baby, including the following:

    • Get over your soda addiction. Two or more servings of soda reduce women’s ability to conceive by 16%.

    • Take better care of your teeth. Women with gum disease may delay your conception by two more months. Dental health should be maintained if you want to get pregnant fast.

    • Reduce TV time for him. Spending over 20 hours watching TV can reduce your man’s sperm count as much as 44%.

    • Sleep better. IVF treatments are best supported with seven to eight hours of sleep every day.