Americans are obsessed with weight. We weigh too much, we’re told. Obesity will kill many of us. The truth is far more complicated. Part of that truth: a person’s weight is controlled by hundreds of different factors. And those are ones we know about.
Health & Wellness
Sleep and Rest
Much of the blame for our increasing diabetes numbers is placed on our national obesity epidemic. But many of the “causes” of Type II diabetes are not clear cut. Here’s one you may not be aware of: sleeping less.
Many people don’t have prolonged insomnia—just periods where they sleep badly, for one night or a few. They often feel lousy the next day—and worry that insomnia might get worse. So here’s a few techniques to help overcome a bad night’s sleep.
If you’re not planning on adding “lose weight” to your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re in the minority. In fact, it’s one of the most commonly-made resolutions...but it’s definitely not the only one you should consider making for 2012.
Why sleep? There are a number of reasons, starting with avoiding death (sleep-deprived animals and die quickly). Weight control, preventing disease and depression...all good reasons. But sleep does something even more: it makes you look better.
Snoring is both a public and private health problem. Besides waking others, it can injure you through sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, or poison your relationship with people you love. Desynchronizing breathing and circulation is not a good thing.
When human evolution and technology collide, billions of us become experimental subjects. The results include new behaviors, new diseases, and new versions of old disorders. So prepare now for the future—the new world of electronic insomnia.
Naps are back in the news. Air traffic controllers, pilots, truck drivers, and your average citizen are falling asleep in droves – with sometimes fatal results. For a chronically sleep deprived population, can naps restore and rebuild? Yes.
Perhaps it’s the effect of a crashed economy, soaring gas prices, upheaval in the Middle East, blown up nuclear reactors or Charlie Sheen, but people are waking up a lot these days in the middle of the night. Frequently they can’t fall back to sleep.
Las Vegas at night cools outside, but not inside. The desiccated desert air does not affect environments designed and run as separate worlds where the temperature, the atmosphere and the staff’s friendly glare never change. There are no clocks...