Category Archives: Chronic Illness

04 Jan

PCOS and the Spoons

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, PCOS

Are you familiar with “spoon theory?” If not, you absolutely want to do yourself a favor and read this article. Go ahead, I’ll be here. Back? Okay, good! Spoon theory was written by a woman with lupus, Christine Miserandano, to describe what it’s like to live with a chronic disease. She imagined a person’s level

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27 Sep

Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #7: Bedrooms should be for sleeping and sex, period!

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Integrative Healthcare, PCOS, Sleep

As a health psychologist, I know that our brains excel at making associations between things.  As a person with common sense, I know that people tend to really like sleeping and having sex.  One of the problems of chronic sleep issues is that the bedroom becomes associated with lots of different activities: watching TV, checking

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20 Sep

Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #9: No naps! Or at least keep them short and early.

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Integrative Healthcare, PCOS, Sleep, Thriving

In order for us to fall asleep, we all need to accrue a “sleep debt,” which lets us feel tired and ready for bed.  Napping cuts into that sleep debt and leads to difficulties falling asleep, or sleeping in increasingly disjointed chunks.  To keep your sleep schedule more regular, and your sleep more restful, it’s

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