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To Lose Weight, Grab some Zzzzz’s

According to David Randall, Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb thought sleep was bad for us, and with the invention of the light bulb thought we could all become 24 hour work horses. Not such a great idea apparently, Mr. Edison.┬áStudies have connected obesity to the amount of sleep, well actually, lack of sleep, we get each night. By sleeping 7-9 hours every night, you can get a leg up against obesity. More importantly, however, lack of sleep is being indicated as a factor in heart disease and hypertension, but stacking up the zzzz’s can help fight these diseases. Check out some on-line resources on insomnia and find a drug-free way to fight this sleep killer. Turn off the television and computers at least thirty minutes before bed, to let your brain rest and stop “flickering” like the screens. Make the bedroom a restful, dark place and do not take work or arguments to bed. If an alarm clock is necessary for waking each morning, you’re not getting enough sleep. Try going to bed fifteen minutes earlier for a few nights, then increase by another fifteen minutes, until you can, on a fairly regular basis, wake without an alarm and stay within the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per-night. If you are constantly drowsy, no matter how much sleep you get, look into a sleep clinic to be sure you are not suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep really does keep us healthy. What are you doing for your health today?

Peace and Joy!