Sunday, January 13, 2008

You and your sleep

According to Clete Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research, a person usually requires a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. As reported in a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine women who sleep less than 8 hours a night over a period of ten years are at a slightly higher risk of heart disease.
Another study revealed that sleep deprivation can lead to an imbalance of various weight-related hormones. It can encourage your cells to store excess fat and lower you body's fat-burning ability. Yet another research has linked insufficient sleep to depression and anxiety and also insulin resistance - a trigger for high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Again, sleepy drivers are responsible for fatal accidents on the road.

As you know sleep is a biological requirement and it pays to have a good night's sleep.

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