Do You Get Enough of This Powerful Immune Booster???
Americans don’t get enough sleep to stay healthy! Only about 1 in 4 gets a full 8 hours of sleep! Yet research shows that a person’s sleep amount is an important predictor of reduced immunity and susceptibility to sickness and disease. Humans with shorter sleep times have been shown to be more susceptible to viruses, bacterial infections, cancer and obesity.
Beat viruses with a good night’s sleep: a study at Carnegie Mellon University showed that individuals sleeping an average of less than 7 hours a night had almost 3 times (300%) greater incidence of sickness that did those who slept 8 hours or longer. Also, those with lower sleep efficiency were more likely to get sick. Sleep efficiency is the ratio of time spent sleeping compared to time spent in bed.
A good night’s sleep reduces cancer risk: another recent study concluded that women who exercised and got a full night’s sleep had the lowest incidences of breast and other cancers. However, women who exercised but got less than 7 hours of sleep a night had significantly higher cancer risk.
Sleep can also reduce the risk of excess weight and obesity. Inadequate sleep alters the level of key hormones that regulate the hunger signal, causing appetite stimulation.
What should you do if you can’t sleep???
Stay away from prescription drugs because all they do is put you into a stupor that resembles sleep but is not sleep and does not confer any of the benefits of sleep. One of the best foods for the sleep deprived is sunflower seeds because they contain high levels of 4 nutrients that are very important for sleep. Taking a safe, high quality melatonin supplement for adults over 35 may also help promote healthy sleep.
*Article from www.alignlife.com