How much sleep do you need? Many working Americans sleep too little, but did you know you can sleep too much? According to studies on sleep and mortality, insufficient AND excessive sleep can shorten your life.
*Healing and repairing cells, tissues, and blood vessels help build bone and muscle mass.
Lack of Sleep: Immediate and Long-term Health Effects
Diminished cognitive function
Increased levels of cortisol (stress hormone) which cause the following:
Increased chronic low-level inflammation which leads to chronic disease (such as, coronary artery disease, dementia, and stroke)
Increased blood pressure
If Seven is Good, Is Eight Better?
Many people believe that they need at least eight hours of sleep a night for good health. But a study* reveals that sleepingseven (7) hours per night had the best survival rates. In fact, mortality hazard significantly increased when sleeping:
≥8 hrs. (When sleeping >8.5 hrs., health risk exceeded 15%.)
≤6 hrs. (When sleeping <4.5 hrs., health risk exceeded 15%.)
Causes of death associated with sleep duration include:
Stroke (Deaths from stroke were highest in men and women who slept 8, 9, and ≥10 hrs.)
Bottom line: Those who reported they slept 6.5 to 7.4 hourshad a lower mortality rate than those with shorter or longer sleep.
For years, there’s been confusing debate over whether breast cancer survivors should eat soy. However, a new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) found that women who ate the most soy food didn’t increase their risk of breast cancer recurrence, but reduced their risk.
Artificial nails have become increasingly popular and according to the U.S. Census Bureau figures, revenue for nail salons amounted to $1.6 billion in 2005. If you’re hooked on augmenting your natural nails, the next time you head off to the salon, you might want to bring along some sunscreen.
Constipation is not a subject that many of us like to talk about. But let’s face it, everyone gets constipated at one time or another and it can be pretty painful, uncomfortable, and frustrating. Here are some ways to help keep you moving!
1. Get some exercise. Your intestines are muscles too. When you work out, you’re doing more than just toning your muscles and strengthening your heart. Bowel movements occur when the muscles of your intestinal tract contract. When exercising aerobically, your heart and breathing rates increase which help your intestinal muscles contract. Well-toned intestinal muscles contract well and are able to move food through the tract efficiently and naturally. Continue reading “Constipation: When the Going Gets Tough”→