Are you tired during the day, but then
can’t fall asleep at night? Do you lay
awake in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering why you were falling asleep at
work? Do you wake up more tired than
when you went to sleep? How about this one…
You Look At The Clock And
How Many Hours Of Sleep
Could Get If You Fell Asleep Right Now?
If you do, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), “Insufficient sleep
is a public epidemic. An
estimated 50-70 million U.S.
adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.”
The CDC recommends school-age
children (5-10 years) sleep 10-11 hours, teens (10-17 years) sleep 8.5-9.5 hours,
and adults sleep 7-9 hours per night.
course, everyone is individual. Some
people need more sleep, and others need less sleep.
One thing is certain: If you are not
getting the proper amount of sleep you need, there are health risks.
a health condition that may cause an inability to sleep, stress may be the
biggest cause of insomnia.
a sleep disorder
that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with
insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep, waking up often
during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early in
the morning, and feeling tired upon waking.
of the consequences of insomnia are:
Sleepiness during the day, general tiredness, irritability, and problems
with concentration and or memory.
You May Suffer From “Adrenal Fatigue”
to Dr. James Wilson, author of the book Adrenal Fatigue: 21st
Century Syndrome, 80 percent of people will suffer adrenal fatigue at some
point in their lives.
glands help your body handle and deal with stress. The more stress you experience, the more your
adrenal glands have to work. There is a point when the adrenal glands become
over-worked. When this happens, it is VERY bad for you and your health.
is a condition called, “Adrenal fatigue.”
The adrenal glands secrete cortisol, a powerful hormone that is
responsible for gluconeogenesis and activating anti-stress and
anti-inflammatory pathways. Cortisol prevents the release of substances in the
body that cause inflammation.
of cortisol have some positive effects including a quick burst of energy for
survival reasons, heightened memory functions, a burst of increased immunity, lower
sensitivity to pain, and it also helps maintain homeostasis in the body.
it is important for the body to have a decreased or “no stress” period so its functions
can return to normal.
constant stress is present, high cortisol levels remain in the blood
This causes all kinds of health problems
including: Impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, blood
sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia, decreased bone density, decrease in
muscle tissue, higher blood pressure,
lowered immunity and
inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and increased
abdominal fat (which is associated with a greater amount of health problems
than fat deposited in other areas of the body).
Some of the health problems associated with
increased stomach fat include: heart attack, stroke, metabolic
syndrome, increased “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and decreased “good”
In other words, it is VERY bad. But things can get worse…
If the overload of stress continues, the
adrenals become exhausted and actually become resistant to the stress. This can result in hemorrhaged
adrenal glands, high insulin levels, atrophied thymus glands, biochemically
devastated bodies, a total collapse of body function, or a collapse of specific
organs or systems.
Obviously, this is
no laughing matter.
So what can you do? Stress reduction is a
must, and since it is virtually impossible to eliminate all stress from your
life, you should take measures to minimize it and re-charge your body.
are several great ways to reduce stress, such as yoga.
Here are the results from a recent study, according to Science Daily: The participants were randomized into two groups. The meditation group
was taught the 12-minute yogic practice that included Kirtan Kriya, which was performed
every day at the same time for 8 weeks. The other group was asked to relax in a
quiet place with their eyes closed while listening to instrumental music on a
relaxation CD, also for 12 minutes daily for 8 weeks. Blood samples were taken
at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the 8 weeks.
“The goal of the study was to determine if meditation might alter the
activity of inflammatory and antiviral proteins that shape immune cell gene
expression,” said Lavretsky. “Our analysis showed a reduced activity of those
proteins linked directly to increased inflammation.”
In other words, this form of
yoga practiced 12 minutes a day, everyday for 8 weeks, seemed to reduce harmful
stress (a very good result).
check this out… Recent research also shows that telling fewer lies can lead
to a healthier life.
In a study, researchers used
110 males and females, between 18 and 71 years old. Fifty-five were told to stop lying completely
for 10 weeks and the other half were given no special instructions about lying.
They went to a laboratory each week to complete health and relationship
questionnaires and to take a polygraph test assessing the number of major and
minor lies they had told that week.
According to researchers,
the group who stopped lying complained less of headaches, sore throats,
tenseness, anxiety and other problems than those who were given no
instructions. Results also showed that the non-lying participants had improved
close personal relationships and smoother social interactions.
research has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, but was presented
at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting.
also mentioned that lying can cause a great deal of internal stress.
And don’t forget, if you ever have any
questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your
questions. We’re here to help and don’t enjoy anything more than participating
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