Does your body need more sleep?
An article written this week for Health.com touts the mega-health benefits of sleep. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and relationships. By getting plenty of Zzzzz's, our ability to retain information increases along with our ability to lose weight and lead more productive days.
Sleep affects our quality of life. "Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep," says Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. "If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear."
A 2010 study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night.
People who have sleep apnea or insomnia can have an improvement in blood pressure and inflammation with treatment of the sleep disorders, Dr. Rapoport says.
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