Like a healthy diet and regular exercise sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A good nights sleep improves your brain performance, mood, and health. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus.
Our sleep center is focused on addressing various sleep issues and below you will find information about latest news and trends that support a good nights sleep.
Are sleep problems related to dying earlier?
In a paper published by the Journal of Sleep Research, researchers reveal how they examined data from half a million middle-aged UK participants to determine if they had sleep problems or if they had trouble falling asleep at night or woke up in the middle of the night.
The report found that people with frequent sleep problems are at a higher risk of dying than those without sleep problems. This grave outcome was more pronounced for people with Type-2 diabetes: during the nine years of the research, the study found that they were 87 per cent more likely to die of any cause than people without diabetes or sleep disturbances.
The study also found that people with diabetes and sleep problems were 12 per cent more likely to die over this period than those who had diabetes but not frequent sleep disturbances.
Full information regarding the study can be found at University of Surrey.
Are Sleep and Late Night Snacking Related?
Sleep is essential for optimal health. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society developed a consensus recommendation for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in adults.
Research also revealed what appears to be a popular American habit not influenced by how much we sleep: snacking at night. It turns out that the favored non-meal food categories — salty snacks and sweets and non-alcoholic drinks — are the same among adults regardless of sleep habits, but those getting less sleep tend to eat more snack calories in a day overall.
The recommendation is summarized in a recent article in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Does Sleep Position Indicate Intelligence?
New research suggests your sleep position in may tell you a lot about yourself your health, your age, perhaps even your education level. Although how we sleep is largely a matter of perceived comfort and habit, the study found sleep positions affect sleep quality. For example, people who sleep in the Log position report getting a better night sleep than those in the Fetal. Also, people who sleep in the Starfish or Log positions are more likely to sleepwalk.
For more information on sleep positions, including visuals on each one, visit http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/sleep-positions.