Good sleep translates to good health.
It’s something I say over and over again.
Yet, many older adults FAIL to clock seven to nine hours of quality shuteye each night.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 percent of U.S. adults don’t get anywhere NEAR that amount.
And the consequences are dire—especially if you’re routinely getting less than five hours…
Because research shows this measly amount SKYROCKETS risk of at least two dreaded, chronic diseases… and perhaps, an early death.
Short sleep is risky
In a study published in PLOS Medicine, researchers looked at the impact of poor sleep on more than 7,000 adults, ages 50 to 70.
Specifically, they recorded:
- duration of sleep
- mortality (death) rate
- multimorbidity (being diagnosed with two or more chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes)
And here’s what they found…
Compared to subjects who slept up to seven hours and after 25 years of follow-up, those who clocked five hours of sleep or less experienced up to a 40 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with several chronic diseases.
In addition, their death risk increased by 25 percent.
All from sleeping too little!
Nip your sleep problems in the bud
These findings add to a growing body of evidence that emphasizes just how crucial a good night sleep is.
And, as a doctor, I’ve seen firsthand the physical, mental, and emotional health problems that arise simply because patients are struggling to get proper shuteye.
The good news is, there are several safe, effective, natural solutions to help you rest soundly each night.
In addition to setting the stage for better sleep—which may include room-darkening shades, earplugs, and more—I recommend trying any of the following supplements:
- Melatonin—start with as little as 3 mg before bedtime. You can go higher, slowly increasing the dosage in increments if need be. Just never exceed 20 mg. (If you’re waking up groggy, you’ve taken too much.)
- L-theanine—at least 100 mg before bedtime.
- CBD oil. I often find that cannabidiol (CBD) oil offers the best absorption and makes it easier to find specific dosages you may need for each individual concern. I recommend starting out with a small amount under your tongue and working your way up until you reach the desired result.
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Until next week,
“Five hours’ sleep a night linked to higher risk of multiple diseases.” ScienceDaily, 10/19/2022. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/10/221018220538.htm)