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Dr. Gregory Pais, ND
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SLEEP FOR A LONGER LIFE
According to Dr. Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, "Sleep is the most undervalued contributor to optimal health and performance,". Certainly, poor quality and short length of sleep are probably the most common health complaints I hear. So common that many people ignore their chronic sleep deprivation chalking it up to modern lifestyle or a necessity of their daily existence.

Insomnia affects hormone levels and ahs been associated with various diseases such as cancer, depression, obesity, and depression. Getting enough sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy immune system and keeps you alert and able to concentrate without the use of stimulants. The muscles that you damage during exercise are repaired during the deep sleep phase of sleep.

Proper sleep even helps you change your eating habits. The two hormones that regulate appetite, leptin and ghrelin, are adversely affected by sleep deprivation. Ghrelin, which is produced in the stomach, tells the brain when it's time to eat. Leptin, secreted by fat tissue tells your brain when you are full. Chronic sleep deprivation increases the hormone ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry when you don't really need to eat. Worse, lack of sleep decreases the hormone leptin, pushing you to keep eating even though you've already gotten all the calories you need.

A nine-year study of nearly 7,000 Alameda County California residents, found that those who routinely slept six or fewer hours a night had a 70% increased risk of dying (in the same age groups) than did those who slept seven or eight hours per night.

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