Sunday, March 14, 2010

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Wakes Up to the Importance of Sleep

According to the Huffington Post, Gwyneth Paltrow is spreading an important message to friends, family and fans: We need to get more sleep!

In her
GOOP newsletter, Paltrow touches on the negative cumulative effects of sleep deprivation. They range from issues with performance and memory to association with other medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

How do you know if you are sleep deprived? The AASM reports that individual sleep needs vary. But most adults need about seven to eight hours of nightly sleep.

Common symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation include:

·Daytime sleepiness
·Irritability/ symptoms of depression
·Lack of motivation
·Shortened attention span
·Impaired judgment

Last month, the Sleep Education blog
reported that getting even one extra hour of sleep can improve your health and quality of life.

According to
Dr. Oz, you can improve your sleep and recapture your youth by making small changes to your bedroom and nighttime routine.

Visit an
AASM-accredited sleep center for help with sleep problems that continue after you have taken steps to improve your sleep hygiene.

Image courtesy of The Huffington Post

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