Has Daylight Savings left you feeling a little sleepy today? Last week was National Sleep Awareness Week. Did you know that a having a balanced diet, exercising, and adding nutritional supplements can help you sleep better at night?
March 3-10 is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual week-long campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep. The Week begins with the release of NSF’s Sleep in America® poll on Monday, March 4, and ends with the return to Daylight Saving Time, when clocks move ahead one hour and too many Americans lose an hour of sleep!
This year’s Sleep in America poll looks at the relationship between exercise and sleep, an important topic that is sure to generate news! For the latest information about National Sleep Awareness Week events and the Sleep in America poll, “like” the National Sleep Foundation on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @sleepfoundation.
Lack of Sleep and Health Problems
Studies have found a relationship between the quantity and quality of one’s sleep and many health problems. For example, insufficient sleep affects growth hormone secretion that is linked to obesity; as the amount of hormone secretion decreases, the chance for weight gain increases. Blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle, however, interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Research has also shown that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes. More and more scientific studies are showing correlations between poor and insufficient sleep and disease.