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PA Health Magazine-Winter 2021

Your Guide to Health & Well-Being

Welcome to the online winter edition of PA Health magazine, where you’ll find all the great content from our print edition.

Like remarkable stories about our neighbors’ triumphs over health challenges. And ways to make the most of our region’s natural areas and recreation spots. Plus, delicious, healthy recipes.

You’ll also find bonus content, like more tasty treats to make, inspiring videos about local people who are thriving after facing health issues — and quick links to in-depth information about the conditions they’ve overcome. Because when we share resources, we make good health more accessible for everyone.

A woman wakes to a sunrise through her bedroom windows.

Catching Zzzzzs benefits your brain and body

Sleep isn’t just good for your body. It’s good for your brain, too. These tips can help you get the most out of your nightly Zzzzzs.

A woman walks alone on a city sidewalk in the snow.

Seasonal affective disorder: Don’t settle for SAD

With shorter days can come seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Learn the symptoms, the treatments and when to reach out to your doctor.

A teenager views content on her smartphone before bedtime.

Are all teenagers night owls?

Waking up after noon, then staying up into the wee hours, is the typical teenager routine. But why?

A man struggles to sleep while his wife is snoring next to him in bed.

Don’t ignore the snore.

Snoring doesn’t just mean someone’s sleeping deeply. In fact, it could point to sleep apnea — a condition that’s treatable.


Counting sheep isn’t working? Try this instead.

A simple breathing exercise to calm the mind and relax the body might be just what you need to escape insomnia — and it’s been known to help with anxiety, too.

  • Inhale for a count of 6.
  • Hold your breath for a count of 5.
  • Exhale for a count of 7.

Repeat this exercise until you feel drowsy. It’s okay to expand the count once you’re more comfortable with it.

Know where the term “three-dog night” came from?

Before central heating, people slept with dogs for warmth. A chilly night called for one dog. On a colder night, you needed two. In the depths of winter, only three dogs would do.

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