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Stefanie Leiter

Stefanie Leiter is a May 2016 graduate of Purdue University earning a 4.0 GPA in the master's of science communication program. She is a graduate of Anderson University (Indiana) with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications with a specialization in public relations. Stefanie serves as assistant professor of public relations at Anderson University. Stefanie is the faculty advisor for Fifth Street Communications, a student-run pr agency; AU's PRSSA faculty advisor; and serves on the United Way of Madison County board of directors. She also earned a graduate certificate in strategic communication from Purdue University in 2015 and starts her Ph.D. in Communications from Regent University in 2018. Stefanie is married to her best friend, Dave, and their two adorable, young children.
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Healthy Napping

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: napping, get better sleep, sleep health

What Can You Do for Sleep Deprivation?

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 29, 2020 4:19:00 AM

Nothing is worse when you feel tired. Your body aches, you become moody, and you lack the concentration. You can become depressed or sick leading to other physical or mental health issues.

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Topics: sleep deprivation, journal

Sleeping Outside

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 28, 2020 7:30:00 AM

In the summer months, getting outdoors is a must. Hiking, camping, fishing, walking, swimming, and gardening are a few of the opportunities the longer summer days afford.

But have you ever thought to sleep outside more during the summer to improve your sleeping habits? Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are essential for a healthy life, but for some people, sleep falls behind. We get busy and keep our phones next to our pillow.

Sleeping outside could switch up your routine and is easiest in your backyard. If you have a fenced in space with access to the indoor facilities, you can purchase a hammock, tent, or camp out under the stars.

Though some may argue that the benefits of sleeping on a mattress outweigh nature, there are seven reasons why sleeping outdoors could be the best medicine for your restless nights.

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Topics: camping, sleeping outside

How Hoarding Affects Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Walking up to your front door should be a relief after a long day at the office or school. Traveling for the holidays should be a time filled with family memories versus hard conversations.

An area of debate can start because of the severity of hoarding at a loved one’s home. Adding insult to injury, emotions run high due to a hoarders inability to relax in their own environment.

It was not until 2013 that hoarding was separated as only a symptom from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Hoarding is completely different characterized by "the urge to acquire and save objects, while being unable to discard objects that have no apparent value."

One study in 2015 from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found insomnia as a significant predictor of increased hoarding severity. Another study found several factors present in the link between hoarding and insomnia.

“Hoarders typically have problems with decision making and executive function; poor sleep is known to compromise cognition generally, so if hoarders have cluttered/unusable bedrooms (and less comfortable, functional beds), any existing risk for cognitive dysfunction, depression and stress may increase as sleep quality worsens,” said lead author Pamela Thacher, assistant professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

For many, hoarding is an unclear line between laziness and clutter. Noticing the signs and understanding why hoarding starts can help.

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Topics: sleep disorders, managing stress, hoarding

Indoor Plants and Their Effect on Your Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 26, 2020 12:43:00 AM

   

Having plants in your bedroom can benefit you in several ways: Fragrant plants, such as jasmine, gardenia, and lavender give off a fragrance that has been shown to calm nerves and help people sleep. ... Some plants have been found to absorb toxins from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

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Topics: unwind, plants, mindfulness

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