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By Kim Philpott on Apr 25, 2018

Part Four in a Five Part Series Part I: The Land of Nod | Part II: The Dark Ages | Part III: All the World's a Stage     Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, and carrying on endlessly. His teachings were all about how to calm the anxious mind.   Residual stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it very difficult to sleep, so practicing relaxation will improve the...

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By Kim Philpott on Apr 10, 2018

Part three in a five part series Part I:  The Land of Nod...Why should we go?  | Part II: The Dark Ages     There is a lot more to sleep than meets the eye.   During the night we pass through five distinct phases of sleep which repeat through the night. On average a complete sleep cycle takes between 90 and 110 minutes. The first sleep cycles each night contain relatively short Rapid Eye Movement (REM) periods and long...

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By Kim Philpott on Mar 27, 2018

Part two in a five part series | Part I: The Land of Nod...Why should we go?   We humans react to light exposure.   This ancient regulatory system controls our sleep/wake cycle by means of naturally occurring hormones called Melatonin. Melatonin causes us to feel sleepy and its production increases in the dark.   Most of us don't get enough light in the day, and get too much light at night and that disrupts our sleep and may leave us feeling SAD...

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By Kim Philpott on Mar 7, 2018

  Scientists are pretty clear that sleep is necessary for our survival but they are still trying to learn exactly why people need sleep. Too little sleep leaves us drowsy and unable to concentrate. It also impacts our memory function, physical and cognitive performance.   Parts of the brain that control emotions, decision-making processes, and social interactions are restored during the deep sleep phases. This is necessary for emotional and social functioning...

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By Kim Philpott on Sep 2, 2015

Stopping for school buses School buses in Ontario come in a range of sizes. All are chrome yellow and display the words "School Bus.”   You must stop whenever you approach a stopped school bus with its upper alternating red lights flashing, regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front. When approaching the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance for children to get off the bus and cross the road in front of you. If you are coming...

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By Kim Philpott on Oct 24, 2014

Many economists are forecasting sluggish growth in the Canadian economy for the next few years. Could this be a good time for businesses here in Ontario to begin looking for new customers overseas? I decided to reach out to a client who has a wealth of experience in exporting to pick his brain. Jake Tamminga, the founder of Jaylor, came to Canada with his family in 1977. In 1993, he established the business of selling feed mixers to dairy and beef farmers. The mixers were manufactured...

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