Thursday, May 26, 2016

Are you getting enough sleep?


Are you getting enough sleep?  New studies are shedding light on why people eat unhealthier food, and more of them, when they don't get enough sleep.

Researchers say insufficient sleep (6.5 hours or less) is associated with negative behaviors and physical consequences, such as:  increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, weakened immunity and an increased tendency to get sick, weakened cognitive functions including memory, alertness and decision-making, increased impulsiveness, risk-taking and addictive behavior, and eating more and eating more unhealthy foods.  

Dr. St-Onge, researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, found that what we eat may affect sleep quality.  When individuals were allowed to eat what they wanted, those who ate more fiber had more slow-wave sleep.  Those who had a greater sugar intake has more arousals in the middle of the night.  What you eat during the day can impact how you sleep.  AND your sleep at night  influences your appetite and food choices during the day.

Highlights from "Sleep" in Health and Wellness section, Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2016.

So give yourself a treat and turn in a little early tonight!

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