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Health in the New Age

‘Sleeping’

How To Sleep Your Way To Better Health

We spend all our lives worrying about what is going on while we are awake, yet most people do not realize the importance of what happens when we are not. Sleep is the time when our body repairs from the mental and physical stress of the day. Hormones are secreted, lipids are formed, and proteins are synthesized during the bedtime hours, yet an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders or sleep deprivation. For millions of years, humans went to sleep at sundown and woke at sunrise. There was no switch to turn on artificial lights. All animals need to sleep, and we would be wise to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. A 2013 study reported that there are over 2,000 genes that work differently whether we are awake… Read More

A dark night is good for your health

Richard Stevens, University of Connecticut Today most people do not get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the need for dark is still mostly ignored. That’s right. Dark. Your body needs it too. Being exposed to regular patterns of light and dark regulates our circadian rhythm. Disruption of this rhythm may increase the risk of developing some health conditions including obesity, diabetes and breast cancer Light regulates our sleep and wake patterns The physiological processes that control the daily cycle of sleep and wake, hunger, activity levels, body temperature, melatonin level in the blood, and many other physiological traits are called the endogenous circadian rhythm. On its own, the endogenous circadian… Read More

2007: Let Those Visions of Sugarplums Dance in Your Head, Not Your Stomach

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121402015.html Tuesday, December 18, 2007; Page HE07 Worried about overindulging this holiday season? Give yourself a special gift: sleep. Despite the temptation to have too much of everything during this hectic season, a growing number of studies now point to the ill effects of missing even just a few hours of sleep — from increased appetite and obesity to a greater risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. So many people could benefit from more sleep,” says James Gangwisch, a Columbia University researcher and lead author of a new study on the health effects of missed sleep. “A lot of people don”t even realize that they are sleep-deprived.” Just look at the numbers: In 1910, Americans, who didn”t have television, computers and video games to distract them at night, slept an average… Read More