More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
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Set Your Internal Clock

834By committing to getting up at the same time every day, you actually are regulating your circadian rhythm. Once this rhythm is set, it will be easier to wake up and might even make you feel more energized. Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, try to set your internal clock by waking up at the same time every day.*

A habit shared by highly successful people is getting up early. Not only does it increase your focus, but you’ll get a jumpstart on productivity too. Try to set your internal clock early and reap the benefits of being an energized, early riser.

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*http://mgalligan.com/post/9920749971/wake-up-same-time-every-day
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Lack of Sleep Worsens Diabetes

814A person with diabetes who is 20 to 30 pounds overweight can become resistant to insulin. A study conducted by the University of Chicago concluded that just 3 nights of poor sleep can cause an similar type of resistance. Diabetics with poor sleep patterns experience a similar danger compared to those who are overweight, with a reduced insulin sensitivity by 25%!*

If you are diabetic, then you know how important it is to have your body respond well to insulin. In addition to exercise and a healthy diet, be sure to regulate a stable sleep pattern to help your body and your medicine manage your diabetes.

*http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/234793.php
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Change Your Mattress

802If you are having trouble sleeping at night and are waking up feeling robbed of rest, your mattress could be to blame. It is a good rule of thumb to replace your mattress every seven years. After that time your sagging, old mattress may not be able to provide your body with the restorative support that it needs.*

Try to get your body on a sleep schedule and be sure to provide yourself with a cool, dark place to sleep. When seeking out a potentially new mattress look for comfort, space and support that responds to your body’s individual needs.

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*http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/sleep-faq#Q.%20Does%20the%20mattress%20affect%20how%20a%20person%20sleeps
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A Good Laugh and a Good Sleep

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
– Irish Proverb

The best cures for diseases are the cheapest. In fact, sometimes they are free. Let’s have more heartfelt laughs and better night’s sleep to improve our health and outlooks today!

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Healthy and Tasty Trail Mix

754Are you feeling sluggish throughout the day? While you need sleep, you also need proper nutrition. Because they do not provide your body with anything of value, sugary snacks and processed foods can cause you to crash. Give your body the fuel it needs by eating healthy, easy-to-grab snacks like nuts and dried fruit. A trail mix is a great way to get the carbohydrates and protein your body craves.*

For a tasty and healthy trail mix, combine 1 tablespoon (each) of: raw pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, sliced raw almonds and raw sesame seeds. If you have a sweet tooth experiment with crystallized ginger or shredded coconut. Yum!

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/397236-how-healthy-is-trail-mix/
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Too Much Sleep Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing

1469Sleep is important to restore our minds and rest our bodies. However, when compared to those who sleep 6-8 hours per night, seniors who sleep more than 8 hours experience nearly a 50% increased risk of stroke. Consider the health implications that are associated with too much sleep such as depression, low energy levels, headaches, back pain, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.*

Every person’s sleep needs are different, but just as too little sleep is bad for your health, too much sleep can also be a problem. To ensure that you do not oversleep, you can set an alarm, place it on the other side of the room and open your shades to let natural sunlight in.

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*http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-oversleeping-hazardous-to-your-health/
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Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed

IMG_0240Rest is vital to maintaining good health. When you wake up well-rested and relaxed, it sets the tone for a positive and energetic day. Encourage a restful night’s sleep with meditation, or with a fitness tracker that can track your quality of sleep. Keep a journal by your bedside so that you can start and end each day by writing positive affirmations and thoughts. Efforts such as these will help you sleep well and will encourage you to wake up with a winning attitude.*

Ease into a restful night’s sleep by turning off electronic devices, taking a soothing hot shower or bath, and stretching before bed. Preparations such as picking out your clothes the night before, or prepping your next day’s meals will keep you feeling prepared and positive.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/sleep-habits_n_4145681.html
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Proper Sleep Can Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

1388Beta-amyloid is a toxic protein that can cause plaque buildup in the brain. High levels of beta-amyloid in the brain have a strong link to Alzheimer’s disease. In an ongoing study, findings indicate that people with disrupted sleep patterns show higher levels of beta-amyloid in the brain than people who sleep for more than seven hours per night.*

Based on findings, it is suggested that the progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed by healthy sleep patterns. Also, sleeping on one’s side can help too, as side sleeping helps to flush out toxins that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

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*http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/sleep-prevent-alzheimers
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Your Mattress Matters

1379Quality sleep plays a crucial role in your overall health. Because sleep is so important, it’s a good idea to evaluate your sleep atmosphere, one of the most important elements being your mattress. A good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress once it starts to sag or if it’s more than 7 years old. A new mattress is no small purchase. However, it is an investment in your overall health and wellbeing.*

If you wake up with stiffness, numbness, or aches and pains, it may be time to replace your mattress. Spend some time researching and reviewing different mattress options to find the best level of support for you and your partner.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.examiner.com/article/7-reasons-to-replace-your-mattress
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