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Here you will find great tips for healthy living, nutritional advice, and the latest news on health studies and research.
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Sleep tight! If you have the sniffles and feel like you are coming down with a cold, you may not be getting enough sleep. A recent small study showed a correlation between individuals who got less than 6 hours of sleep and an increased risk of catching a cold virus. Those who slept less 6 hours a night were four times more likely to catch a cold, while those who slept less than 5 hours were more than 4.5 times at risk. Those who slept 7 or more hours had less risk of catching the cold. Sleep plays an important role in regulating our immune response and apparently the shortened sleep seems to alter our inflammatory responses that help fight off viruses.
Do you wake up almost as tired as you went to bed? Sleep is one of those issues we all deal with at some time in our lives. Sleep is critical to health, but how much do we really need? A recommendation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society indicates adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. This is in order to prevent or reduce the risk of health issues due to chronic lack of sleep. Though they did not have a recommendation for an upper limit to sleep, less than 6 hours of sleep was determined “inadequate to sustain health and safety in adults.” Is it time to reassess your sleep needs?
As Chiropractors go, we often think we help light up the health world in times of dark health, but did you know that natural light can contribute to better health also. A recent study reports that those employees that are exposed to natural light at the office have higher quality sleep, sleep longer, are more active and have a better quality of life. It seems the exposure to natural light, particularly in the morning, is quite beneficial to your health. Even architects are now taking this into account with the designs of buildings and office layouts. If you sit in a cubicle with no exposure to natural light, you might bring this up to your boss! Good luck!
Sleep is very important to health, however did you know a recent study showed that it also important for your weight. Researchers have found that a sleepless night can impair your decision making relative to the food you eat the next day. Test subjects who were sleep deprived craved unhealthy foods like pizza and doughnuts over better foods such as strawberries, apples and carrots. MRI images of their brains also showed impairments in the regions that governed complex decision making and increased activity in regions that governed rewards. Sleep tight!