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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Invite the Sandman In....
There's no ZEST FOR LIFE without sleep. Constant sleep deprivation can depress your immune system. No excuses, find time to give your body the time it needs to recharge, energizer and heal itself.

Sleep gives your heart and vascular system a much-needed rest.

Evidence is growing that sleep is a powerful regulator of appetite, energy use, and weight control. During sleep, the body’s production of the appetite suppressor leptin increases, and the appetite stimulant grehlin decreases. Studies find that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese and prefer eating foods that are higher in calories and carbohydrates. People who report an average total sleep time of 5 hours a night, for example, are much more likely to become obese compared to people who sleep 7 - 8 hours a night.

Study found that women who slept less than 7 hours a night were more likely to develop diabetes over time than those who slept between 7 and 8 hours a night.

Deep sleep triggers more release of growth hormone, which fuels growth in children and boosts muscle mass and the repair of cells and tissues in children and adults. Sleep’s effect on the release of sex hormones also encourages puberty and fertility.

So I'm going to take a lesson from my cats
and sleep more, stretch and relax.

This information was found on a Medical America Network.

Be Inspired,
Be Creative,
Be You,
Jean Hart

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