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Good Sleep is Vital to Health

March 9, 2013
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If you are not getting enough sleep, your brain and your body know it. Lack of sleep affects your weight and your heart. New research says your genes also can be influenced by lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep reduces the positive genes that nurture and renew cells and tissue. Lack of sleep increases the negative genes that create stress.

People who work early in the morning or late at night — or who lack sleep in general — are at risk for ills related to sleep loss such as higher rates of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and other ailments.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 30 percent of adults in the U.S. say they get six or fewer hours of sleep. That suggests that millions of people might be causing damage to their bodies and health.

Doctors are now asking patients about their sleep habits as part of a good health examination.

There is a lot of advice around about how to get a good night’s sleep.

The Los Angeles Times

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