Healthy Living

Sleep: The New Health Frontier

Health reasons to get enough sleep

Exercise and the foods you eat are vital for good health. Health promoters are also beginning to claim that receiving valuable sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. Dr. Michael Grandner, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said, “Sleep is probably easier to change than diet or exercise. It may give you more of an immediate reward if helps you get through your day.”

Sleep is critical and sometimes the most important lifestyle adjustment you can make. There is more evidence linking exercise and diet to good health; sleep is beneficial for mental health and hormonal activity. The three pillars of health should be diet, exercise, and sleep.

Sleep is the remedy for good mental health. Arianna Huffington, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Groups claimed that sleep is the secret to peak performance. A few years ago, Arianna was exhausted and she passed out at her desk. She cracked a cheekbone against her desk, and now she is an advocate for having the proper amount of sleep. High quality sleep equals better mental health. In 2013, a study discovered insomniacs with depression found their depression lessening when they received enough sleep.

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology published a study recently that concluded doctors should prescribe sleep. Sleep will prevent and treat metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity.  Without enough sleep, you could have significant catastrophes. Take, for example, the Metro-North train that derailed in New York killing four people and injuring more than 70. The driver had an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea.