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Sleep makes you feel better. Anyone can attest to that. However, the importance of sleep goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and much more.
Although it’s a common belief that 8 hours of sleep is required for optimal health, a six-year study of more than one million adults ages 30 to 102 has shown that people who get only 6 to 7 hours a night have a lower death rate. Individuals who sleep 8 hours or more, or less than 4 hours a night, were shown to have a significantly increased death rate compared to those who averaged 6 to 7 hours.
Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan—although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.)
In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.
Sleep also affects quality of life.
“Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep,” says Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. “If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear.”
- You will get the best sleep if you have a routine.
- Go to bed about the same time each night.
- Try and get up when you wake in the morning. Tossing and turning in the morning after you wake can cause more harm then good. Going back to bed can actually be BAD for your health.
- Be sure your pillow provide adequate neck support.
- If your mattress in more than 8 years old, you may want to think about investing in a new set.
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Research indicates that people who get less sleep, six or fewer hours a night, have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.
A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night.
People who have sleep apnea or insomnia can have an improvement in blood pressure and inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorders, Dr. Rapoport says.
- Walking for 15 minutes in the early evening is great for your heart and circulation.
- A good way to improve your walk is listening to a podcast! Download a podcast to your smart phone and you could be learning while you walk
- Elevating your feet and getting them above your heart while you rest can significantly reduce swelling and inflammation.
- A Power adjustable bed can be a great investment in your health.
College students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.
In another study, children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep.
Poor Sleep could lead to significant functional impairment at school.
“If you’re trying to meet a deadline, you’re willing to sacrifice sleep,” Dr. Rapoport says, “but it’s severe and reoccurring sleep deprivation that clearly impairs learning.”
- If you want to improve your grades be sure to have a regular sleep pattern
- Avoid bright lights, computers and televisions 1 hour before you go to bed.
- Be sure that you have a Mattress that provides adequate support and comfort.