Our body needs sleep to repair wounds, solidify memories, and fight off infections. There is no substitute for a healthy sleep. Children need more sleep than adults do. A healthy bedtime will improve grades, attention span and mood. Humor, meditation, exercise and optimism are good ways to naturally reduce stress and relieve tension. As well, social contacts and friends can encourage us to take better care of ourselves and get through the tough times. You could also get a pet! Studies have shown that people with pets actually live longer and have less reported stress! The act of petting an animal is so soothing. Walking your dog also encourages you to get outside and get active. You can also try acupuncture! Did you know Dr. Frederick is certified in medical acupuncture! Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce cortisol, the stress producing hormone that builds up in our body. Acupuncture treatments can help improve your sleep, reduce muscle tension, and decrease pain.