If You Snooze, You Don’t Lose! (You & Your Health)

It happens to all of us. A night where we can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep. But what if that occasional bout of insomnia turns chronic?  A new Institute of Medicine report points out a lack of sleep increases the risk of errors and accidents and has adverse effects on the body and brain.

National Public Radio (NPR) featured the report in a story titled: Snooze Alert: “A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain.” You can listen to it here.

From NPR:

“More than 50 million adults in the U.S. have a disorder such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea, according to an Institute of Medicine report. And it’s now clear that a lack of sleep “not only increases the risk of errors and accidents, it also has adverse effects on the body and brain,” according to Charles Czeisler, chief of the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Research in the past couple of decades has shown that a lack of sleep increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infections and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease. Yet most sleep disorders go untreated.”

Public Health England is encouraging the middle aged to get more sleep through a government campaign designed to help folks live a healthier life. A recent story in “The Telegraph” included eight tips and tricks for those struggling to get shut-eye.

Have you found something that works well on those night’s when you can’t fall asleep? Share them with us. A good night’s sleep is a great way for us to take another step toward our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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