Friday, January 8, 2010

Are you getting enough ZZZZZZZzzzzzz...

When it comes to our overall health and wellness, we all know how important a healthy diet and exercise is. And we do what we can to make it part of our lifestyle. However, there are other very important aspects to our health and wellness that we tend to ignore. One of these is sleep.

In today's fast-paced and stressful society, everyone is over extended in time and energy. It seems like there is never enough time in a day to get everything done that needs to be done, so we skip on the one thing that can help us get through the day, sleep.

Research has shown that lack of sleep can be a contributing factor to weight gain and the growing obesity problem this country faces. A lack of sleep can cause disruptions to hormonal and metabolic processes. A 2004 study conducted at the University of Chicago, has found that sleep deprivation can cause the hormones leptin (which signals the brain when we have eaten enough) and ghrelin (which triggers feelings of hunger) to increase by 18% to 28% respectively in people who get less than 4-5 hours a night. Also, according to a Harvard Run Health Study, sleep deprivation has also been shown to increase the risk for developing breast cancer, heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes.

Most researches and experts agree that 7-8 hours of sleep per night is good for most people, but most people get 4-6. So, next time you think about skipping out on those ZZZZzzzz, think again. For some tips on helping you get better sleep check out the following link:

Good Night and have a good sleep.

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