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How Lack of Sleep Can Harm Your Health

As featured in the September/October 2012 issue of Meridian Health Views.

You might see sleep as a break from your daily activities. Bust as you drift through the stages of slumber, your body and brain carry out tasks essential for physical and mental health. Unconsciously, you’re storing memories, re-balancing hormones, rearming your immune system against infection, and repairing your heart and blood vessels.

Most adults need between seven and nine hours of rest for good health. But more than one-fourth of those in the U.S. don’t get it – and the consequences are severe. More Americans than ever snooze less than six hours per night, causing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to label lack of sleep a public health epidemic. Below, our experts explain how it’s affecting your health and what you can do about it.

It’s Hard on Your Heart

As sleepless nights add up, so does harm to your heart. “Chronic sleep deprivation contributes to inflammation throughout your body, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure – all risk factors for heart disease,” explains Jeffrey Miksoff, D.O. of Jersey Shore Medical Center.

The effects may start as early as your teen years. By adulthood, the dangers is significant, according to a 10-year study in the journal Sleep. People who regularly sleep less than six hours per night have a 23 percent increased risk for heart disease than people who sleep more. And if their sleep is also poor quality, their risk is 80 percent greater.

“Improve both the quality and quantity of sleep by upgrading your bedroom,” advises Dr. Miksoff. “Get rid of TV and computer screens and keep things quiet, cool, and dark. And head there at the same time every night, even on the weekends. A regular sleep schedule helps ensure you get enough rest.”

It’s Packing on Pounds

Shortened sleep may be partially to blame for America’s obesity epidemic. “People who log less than five hours are significantly more likely to be heavy than those who get seven,” explains Frederick Dewill, M.D., of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “They’re also more prone to weight gain over time.”

Why? Tired brains actually respond to food differently. They light up when study participants look at food-related photos, even if they’re not hungry. One study found sleepy shift workers noshed on more sweet snacks. In fact, the sleep-deprived may eat up to 500 extra calories and 9 extra grams of saturated fat a day. In turn, extra pounds make sleeping more difficult.

Obese people are much more likely to have sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that disrupts breathing during the night. “Break the cycle by avoiding big meals and drinks – especially alcohol – late at night,” says Dr. Dewill. See your doctor if you snore loudly, choke, or gasp during the night.”

It’s Sending Your Blood Sugar Surging

Shortchanging your snoozing increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. “If you already have the disease, lack of sleep makes it harder to control,” says Francisco Cruze, M.D., of Ocean Medical Center. A study in the journal Diabetes Care found people with type 2 diabetes and insomnia had 23 percent higher fasting glucose levels & 48 percent higher fasting insulin levels.

These differences were large enough to increase the risk for diabetes complications, including nerve damage complications, including nerve damage, vision problems, and kidney disease. Another recent study helps explain the link. After five weeks with five-and-a half hours of sleep per night, participants’ blood glucose spiked more sharply after meals. Fortunately, nine days of normal rest reversed the effect.

Having trouble drifting off? Try exercise. Regular workouts – in this case, walking with poles – improved sleep in one group of study participants with type 2 diabetes. “Be sure to wrap up your workout at least three hours before bedtime to give your body time to unwind.” Dr. Cruze advises.

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7 Keys to High Energy Living

Seven Keys to High Energy Living
By Brian Tracy

For you to be at the top of your form, to be action oriented, fast moving, and extremely productive, you have to have high levels of physical and mental energy.

For you to be able to take advantage of all the possibilities around you, and to have the continuous enthusiasm that keeps you and others motivated and moving ahead, you have to organize your life so that you feel terrific about yourself most of the time.

1. Eat the Right Foods
The first key to high energy is a proper diet. To perform at your best, you must eat the right foods, in the right balance, and in the right combination. Your diet has an inordinate impact on the amount of energy you have, how well you sleep, your levels of health and fitness, and your performance throughout the day and into the evening.

2. Watch your Weight
The second key to high energy is proper weight. Proper weight is essential for health, happiness, and long life. Being slightly under your ideal weight is best. As they say, you can never be too rich or too thin. If you are not happy with your current level of physical health, you need to set specific goals for yourself for the weeks and months ahead.

3. Exercise is Essential
The third key to high energy is proper exercise. The best activity for high energy and physical fitness is aerobic exercise. This type of exercise requires that you get your heart rate up into what is called the training zone three times per week. This training zone is about 120 to 160 beats per minute, depending on your age. You then keep it there for at least 20 minutes or more each session.

4. Get Lots of Rest and Recreation
The fourth key to high energy is proper rest. You need an average of seven to eight hours of sleep each night to be fully rested. You need to take off at least one full day each week during which you don’t work at all. You should take regular mini-holidays of two or three days each, every couple of months. You should take one and two week vacations each year when you relax completely and get your mind totally off your work.

5. Develop a Positive Mental Attitude
The sixth key to high energy is the elimination of negative emotions. This can be the most important thing you do to assure a long and happy life. Your ability to keep your mind on what you want and off of what you don’t want will determine your levels of health and happiness more than any other decision you make.

6. Start a Personal Mental Fitness Program
The seventh key to high energy is for you to go on a 21-daypositive mental attitude diet, one day at a time. Resolve that, for the next 21 day, you are going to keep your mind on what you want and keep it off the things you don’t want. You are going to think and talk positively and optimistically about your goals, other people, and everything that is going on in your life.

7. Become a Personal Powerhouse
The more you practice the health habits we have talked about, the more energy and vitality you will have. The more you keep your conversation focused on your goals and on the things you want, the greater the amount of strength and power you will feel. You will be more alert and aware. You will feel more positive and action oriented in every situation.

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