June 18, 2011

Good Sleep is the Best Medicine

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:15 am by vikkyd

I have been MIA from the blogsphere for a long time, but this podcast that I listened to from Jillian Michaels compelled me to blog about it. Take a listen… you might find yourself as AMAZED as I was in learning how CRITICAL it is to your health to get a good night’s sleep! It’s “The Jillian Micheals Show” podcast dated 4-15-11 and titled “Hello super bugs and Dr. V’s Top 7”.

The Dr. V on Jillian’s show is Dr. Van Herle – an Internist and Endocrinologist at UCLA School of Medicine. She discussed the top 7 reasons why you should get good sleep. She backs these 7 reasons with comprehensive research and persuasive arguments.

  1. Good sleep can improve your ability to learn and can improve your memory.
  2. Good sleep can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Good sleep can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  4. Good sleep can reduce your risk of diabetes.
  5. Good sleep can reduce your risk of accidents and falls.
  6. Good sleep can make you live longer (as compared to those who don’t get enough sleep).
  7. Good sleep provides immune protection from all kinds of diseases (i.e. infection, autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc.) and produces growth hormones that are critical to rejuvenate your body.

So what is a good night sleep? Dr. Van Herle recommends 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Basically, she says that sleep is probably the best preventive medicine that we can take!

On that note… good night and pleasant dreams.