7 Shocking Facts About Sleep

By , By Christie Griffin, Fitness Magazine
Yes, we at FITNESS love a great early-morning workout. But we also know about the importance of a good night's sleep, and not just because sleep deprivation is tied to weight gain. Here, the most interesting health facts that warn against burning the candle at both ends. Pace yourself, people.
1. Flu-Z's

If you're sleep-deprived before getting your flu shot, it can take three to four weeks for the vaccine to kick in. Those who don't get appropriate rest have a weaker immune system, which hinders the vaccination's effectiveness.

2. Take This to Heart

Poor sleep is more dangerous to women than to men. Women experience higher risks of cardiovascular problems when they don't get enough rest and they're also more susceptible to psychological distress, depression, and anger. Source: Duke Medicine


3. Big-C Shifts

There's a link between those who work night shifts and breast cancer; researchers say they think it's because melatonin is suppressed, which is necessary for protection against some cancers. "Shift work that involves circadian disruption" is officially listed as a probable carcinogen. Source: World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer


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Interesting information, but only 2 points have a source, and neither of those is exactly specific...my problem with outside blogs--they are less authoritative than SP's own for the most part. Report
I've noticed marked improvement in my sleep since I started exercising on a regular basis. One more thing Spark has helped me with! Report
I have a routine to help me sleep - that I developed by joining the 'better sleep challenge.' i shower before putting on my pajamas; i have a cup of tea, and maybe some almonds. i read for 30-60 minutes, then I drift off to sleep. the routine helps me to relax. Report
There's a low-dosage prescription drug that helps me & a number of my friends & family members deal with early-waking insomnia, so that we normally sleep the whole night through. It's Amitriptyline, generic & very inexpensive, & just 10 mg before bed can make a HUGE difference. Ask your doctor if you struggle with this kind of insomnia (waking at 2:00, 4:00, or 5:00 & not being able to get back to sleep).

Tracking here at SP showed me that my normal diet is low in selenium, so I started taking a supplement. It seems to help even out my sleep too! Theoretically it speeds metabolism & thus should work against good sleep, but in practice it's working for me. Report
I take melatonin when I need to get some rest, it already naturally occurs in your body and is even safe enough for my son to take(with his Dr. approval) of course. Report
This is not medical advise, but aout a year ago I started taking Magnesium (Magnesium Oxide) - first 400 mg - then 400 mg twice daily. If you are taking medication - just check with your health care provider first. Report
I have had a severe lack of sleep problem for years. Im lucky if I get 3 to 4 hours of sleep at a time. I like the article very much. Any suggestions on ways to get more sleep? God Bless You and have a Wonderful Week. Report
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