1. Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping? Most people don’t get enough sleep or deep, restorative sleep. Lack of sleep and/or sleep disorders affect more than 60% of people.
Inadequate sleep has short term and long term health effects:
Short term— can affect your judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase risk of serious accidents and injury
Long term— health problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, obesity,
diabetes, stroke, kidney disease
To slim down — The old saying ‘you snooze, you lose’ couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to shedding pounds. Depriving your body of sleep can speed up the aging process and decrease your weight-loss efforts. The brain craves carbohydrates when you’re tired, so you could unknowingly sabotage even the best laid plans. Aim for a good seven hours (minimum) of shuteye every night to allow your body to restore itself and to protect your vital organ functions.
To prevent health problems— According to the National Institutes of Health, ongoing lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
To improve brain function— Sleep is necessary for learning and memory.
To fight off colds and infections – If you are sleep-deprived, you are more likely to get sick with the common cold, or take longer to recover from sickness. Sleep helps fight infections.
To improve mood— Sleep helps improve your mental health. Less sleep may lead to depression and anxiety.
Check with your internist if you think you may have a problem with sleeping. If your internist agrees: Call MAP® today at 1-888-289-0700 for help finding a sleep specialist.
2. Be Mindful
What does this mean? Mindfulness is a focused awareness and attention on the present moment or paying attention on purpose. Being mindful is to be accepting and not judgmental of yourself. It is a calm state of mind that must be practiced over and over again. In other words, be kind to yourself.
There are scientific findings that link mindfulness to physical and mental health benefits. These include: reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and depression, it can help lower blood pressure, improve immune system, improve your sleep, and help with pain relief. Stop what you are doing at least once a day and apply some of these methods of mindfulness every day.
3. Know your Health Status
People sometimes overestimate their health status. You may be feeling good and don’t have a cold right now, but it doesn’t mean you are healthy. It’s important to know your health status now to prevent problems down the road. If you don’t know your blood pressure reading or your cholesterol level, it’s time to check it out. Call MAP® today at 1-888-289-0700 to help you find a primary care physician/internal medicine specialist. Make an appointment and get started on knowing your complete health status.
Know your numbers— these critical numbers are key indicators of your risk for serious health conditions: