June 17, 2013 Sally Bjornsen


Do sleep and anti-aging go hand in hand?  I have a friend who swears on her tempur-pedic pillow that sleep is the surest form of anti-aging.  As I try and juggle a career, a ten year old and a workout regime that I did in my twenties I have come to believe there is something to her theory.  I spent the whole weekend recovering in my bed from a week full of graduations and end of school celebrations.  At 50 years old, my body is no longer able to get by on six hours a night.  I joke that I am a eight hour girl living in a six hour world.  This morning I received the following article that reinforces the need for more zzzzzzz.  I think the universe is speaking to me!

Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.

Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as your physical health.

According to sleep specialists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, among others, a number of bodily systems are negatively affected by inadequate sleep: the heart, lungs and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function.

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