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Lack of Sleep May Have Easy Solutions

By Tom Herrin

Most people don't have to look far to find how they stand with regard to the amount of sleep they get.  Most are at least somewhat sleep-deprived.  Some are seriously so.  Much of this is due to the fact that so many people invest so much of their time and effort trying to squeeze everything into their lives while they really don't allow enough time to get it done.  This means that something must give, and that something is often a good night's sleep.  On the good side, many people can stand to do without a little sleep if they are able to compensate for it.  One of the best ways to do that is to take a nap.  It doesn't have to be long, but it needs to be taken at the right time.  A nap may be just the boost that many need in order to boost health.

It May Improve Ability to Retain Information

Some years ago, it seemed a popular notion that if people listened to something as they slept, they might learn it better.  There may actually be something to this idea.  According to some research by a group of German neuropsychologists, people who took a nap after learning something had a greater ability to remember the information than those who had stayed awake after being introduced to it.

It May Help Protect the Heart

Lack of sleep is likely to be bad for the heart.  A British study found that as little as one night of poor sleep can increase the risk of heart disease.  Apparently this can cause the blood vessels to become stiffer, thus increasing blood pressure.  When the blood vessels have more flexibility, they can maintain blood pressure more effectively.  The upside of all of this is that once people get proper sleep, the situation may be reversed.  The key is to avoid long-term problems.  A nap may be just the right thing here.

It May Help Make You a Safer Driver

Most people are aware of the dangers of driving while under the influence of something.  In recent  years, people have become more aware of the hazards of driving while being too tired.  Many of the rules for truckers are there for that reason.  According to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, those of us who drive after only having slept six hours or less are more than twice as likely to fall asleep while driving than those who have slept more.  I know I have had that experience too many times.  A nap may be a good investment in safety.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.

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