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May-June 2015 - Choose to Say YES to Good Sleep
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FACT: How well you sleep has a direct connection can affect how long you live. A recent study of 21,230 female cancer survivors revealed that those who slept less at night and frequently snored had poorer survival rates than those with longer, better quality sleep.1 
HOPE: Many times sleep gets the short shrift when it comes to health. Curtail snoring by sleeping on your side, losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sleep-enhancing drugs and showering or rinsing out your nose with saltwater to open up nasal passages. And protect your time for sleep to ensure a full night’s rest and healing.   

FACT: For each additional hour of sleep, the risk of a child becoming overweight or obese is lowered an average of 9 percent, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University. Children who slept the least, according to the study, had a 92 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese compared with those who slept for longer periods.
HOPE: Kids need lots of sleep, but figuring out how much isn’t rocket science. Although needs vary, on average infants require 13-18 hours per day; 1-3-year-olds 12-14 hours; 3-5-year-olds, 11-13 hours; 5-12-year-olds 10-11 hours and 12-18-year-old 8.5-9.5 hours. Figure out what time your child needs to go to bed by counting back from the time they wake up. Then observe to see whether they awake easily in the morning and stay alert between bed and nap times. 

FACT: At least 40 million Americans suffer from more than 70 sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults have sleep problems at least a few nights a week, according to data gathered 1999-2004 by the American Psychological Association. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults are so sleepy during the day time that it interferes with their normal activities at least a few times per month.
HOPE: Cognitive behavior therapy has been shown to be more beneficial than sleeping pills to getting a full night’s rest. These include creating a relaxing environment free from electronics, which can affect melatonin levels—the hormone that helps regulate your body clock; sleeping on schedule and establishing a sleep routine; limiting naps; exercise; no late night snacks and alcohol and curtail use of nicotine and caffeine and taking notes of thoughts that may be keeping you awake. 2 

FACT: Those with sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss are at higher risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Those who cut sleep from seven hours to fiver hours or less per night nearly double the risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease in particular. 3
HOPE: The Psalmist wrote, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved sleep.” Ps. 127:2 Resting in peace is, above all, a gift from God. True rest requires us to put our trust in Him, to let Him carry the burdens of today and tomorrow and to receive the sweet sleep he has promised. 

References:
  1. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2015). Sleep duration, quality may impact cancer survival rate. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 28, 2015, from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150610131732.htm
  2. American Psychological Association. Getting a good night’s sleep: How psychologists help with insomnia. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sleep-disorders.aspx
  3. Ferrie, J. (2007) Sleep.

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