Sunday, November 25, 2012

Common Sleep Mistakes Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health, and Increase Risk of Migraines and Dementia

Sleep is such an important part of your overall health that no amount of healthful food and exercise can counteract the ill effects of poor sleeping habits. Researchers have linked poor sleep to a number of health ailments, from short-term memory loss and behavioral problems, to weight gain and diabetes, for example.
There are many reasons for not getting a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, most people tend to reach for a sleeping pill instead of doing the work to figure out what's got them tossing and turning.
The featured article lists1 10 common sleep mistakes you can address without drugs. Here are five of them:

  1. Using the snooze button. While a few minutes more in bed may be tempting, using the snooze button could backfire as interrupted sleep can increase your fatigue. It's best to just get up on the first alarm
  2. Irregular sleep schedule. A regular routine of going to bed and getting up around the same time each day will help promote better sleep, while constantly interrupting your schedule around can easily lead to insomnia and fatigue
  3. Taking long naps during the day
  4. Eating sugar before bedtime. Sugar alters the chemical balance in your body, which can contribute to impaired sleep
  5. Drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages too late in the day.....CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

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