Early to bed, early to rise

20 04 2009

Cardiovascular

Are you guilty of very late night sleep like me?  I’m referring to past midnight bedtime.  Doing it on a regular basis imposes a great toll on the health of our arteries, heart and the entire cardiovascular system.  So even if we try to compensate by getting adequate hours of sleep after midnight, the risk is still there.

… a healthy sleep habit is not only getting enough sleep each night, but making sure bedtime is early enough. In fact, the latter practice seems to count more. Based on the Japanese study, men who went to bed before midnight had significantly less arterial stiffening – a benefit which may help delay the atherosclerosis process. When the arteries stiffen, they become hardened which prevents them from opening up or dilating to improve the circulation

“In our modern society, we suffer from a lot of stress, both physically and mentally,” Dr. Misao said. “A healthy lifestyle that focuses on diet and exercise is essential, but I believe that we have to add good quality sleep to this list, as well,” he added.

Now, let’s start getting to bed early.  Experts say that the best sleeping schedule is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Not only does it provide our system enough time to prepare itself for regeneration (The repair work begins at about 2:00 a.m. and the body must be prepared to receive these benefits through deep sleep.), it helps us get up early.  Remember the old saying “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”?

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