Monday, July 6, 2009

A Good Reason to Stay in Bed

This is an interesting article and I agree completely to this.. I have experienced uneasy feeling for lack of sleep resulting in palpitation.. so make sure you get your full dose of sleep...


Is your sleep quality kind of poor? Then go ahead and sleep in. New research shows it might be best for your health.

Yep, a study links poor sleep to a greater risk of high blood pressure. But making up for fitful shut-eye with some extra ZZZs seemed to level the risk back down.

Dangers in Dreamland
In the study, researchers surveyed the sleep habits of 1,700 middle-aged adults and had each of them spend a night in a sleep lab. People who slept less than 5 total hours were twice as likely to have high blood pressure as those who slept 6 hours or more. And a self-reported history of sleep problems greatly compounded the effect. But -- and this is the good news -- any fitful sleepers who still got at least 6 hours of total sleep didn’t have the extra hypertension risk.

Solutions for Better Sleep
The combo of short sleep and poor sleep increases heart rate and bumps up production of stress hormones, which could help explain these recent study results. Not getting the shut-eye your body needs to stay healthy? Time to get serious about slumber with these easy drift-off-to-sleep strategies:

Here are three more sleep-better tricks to try.
RealAge Benefit: Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night can make your RealAge as much as 3 years younger.

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