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The Term 'Sleep on It' May Mean Better Health

By Tom Herrin

There are lots of ways people can take some kind of saying to the next level.  Almost everyone deals with it at some time or other.  One of the most common problems for many people today is that they fail to get enough sleep.  Whether they are school children or adult workers, people tend to try to squeeze in too many things while robbing themselves of critical sleep.  A really bad thing is that many never realize the effects that it has on them.  For those who find themselves in this boat, a nap may be just the thing to turn things around and improve their health.  The fact is that naps are not only for children.  They may be great for people of all ages.

It May Help Prevent Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that men who slept only 4.5 hours per night for four days had an increase in the fatty acids in their blood which could lead to higher blood sugar.  This is as opposed to men who slept 8.5 hours per night with better levels of fatty acids and blood sugar.  The researchers have said that this situation could be turned around when people are able get adequate sleep.  A nap may be just the ticket here.

It May Help Prevent Dementia

According to a study at Johns Hopkins University, people who lack enough sleep have higher levels of B-Amyloid deposits in their brains.  These are a plaque associated with Alzheimer's disease.  Apparently the brain has the ability to sort of clean itself while people are sleeping.  This may provide what is similar to a kind of overhaul.  A simple nap may be able to do this in a matter of a few short minutes.

It May Be Good for the Skin

Most of us are concerned about the condition of our skin.  It is easy to see how we appear more aged when we have not gotten enough sleep.  Going without sleep can rob the skin's ability to make repairs, leaving it appearing tired and worn.  A nap may be a good way to help us look a little fresher with fewer noticeable lines.  Our skin will obviously have more elasticity.  I know I can tell the difference when I look into the mirror.  As a result, I try to add more naps to my schedule when I am lacking sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.

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