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Sleeping for Performance

Irregular Sleeping Patterns = Higher Risk of Colon and Breast Cancer

Did you know that not spending quality time with your bed, you have a higher risk of obesity and certain cancers? A Harvard Medical School study learned that people with irregular sleep patterns, or who sleep during daylight, are at a higher risk of colon and breast cancer. They found that the hormone melatonin, produced during sleep in dark environments, can combat the growth of tumour cells
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Marital Happiness Lowered Risk of Sleep Problems

According to research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). The study showed that married women slept better than single women, and marital happiness lowered the risk of sleep problems. On the other hand, studies show that sharing the bed with a noisy sleep partner may be detrimental to your marriage.

Three Times More Likely to Have a Major Depressive Episode

They learned that lack of sleep, or disrupted sleep, can have detrimental short- and long-term effects including dulling your mood and stealing memories. Bedtime is supposed to be time to relax, but if you have disrupted sleep or sleep deprivation, that night time stress can be just as harmful as any tension during the day. Lack of sleep can raise blood pressure and cause hypertension in adults. Stress hormones tend to be elevated in short sleepers or people who are sleep deprived. People not sleeping 7 to 8 hours, even without history of depression, are twice if not three times more likely to have a major depressive episode.

10- to 20-Minute Nap Before an Athletic Event

When certified elite personal trainers are preparing their athletes for competitions or athletic events, they recommend some serious shut eye. Personal trainers recommend adding an extra hour to their sleep schedule in the weeks before the event. The results are that athletes performed faster and more accurately. It is also recommended to take a 10- to 20-minute nap before an athletic event to rejuvenate your muscles and boost your body’s abilities.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

sleeping risksGet the benefits of the both a good sleeping program and exercise. A bout of exercise between 5 and 7 p.m. will leave you feeling calmer than a workout later in the night. Avoiding electronic devices or your gadgets for an hour or two before bed will help ease your mind into sleep mode. Omega-3 fatty acids can boost your memory and increase serotonin, a hormone responsible for happiness. You can find the fats in certain fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as in fish oil supplements.