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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sleep Problems in the US

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."– Lao-Tzu

Are you one of those individuals in the United States that have difficulty falling and staying asleep? If you are, you are certainly not alone. For example in 2006, there were 47.8 million sleeping aid prescriptions filled. This number has increased every year and by 2011 there were over 60 million sleeping aid prescriptions filled.  Wow, that seems like a lot of the pills to me.

46% of teenagers  age 13-18 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weekdays; 51% of those aged 19-29 say the same thing; 43%  age 30 to 45 rarely or never get a good night’s sleep; while38% in the  46 to 64 age bracket have the same difficulty.

In 1990 , 24% of US workers said they  got less than six hours of sleep a night and the number increased to 30% by the year the mining industry 41.6% report getting less than six hours of sleep a night; 38% in the utility industry; 34.3% in public administration; 34.1%  in manufacturing; 32 .7%  in transportation and  warehousing; 32% in healthcare and social systems; 30.7% in  arts ,entertainment, recreation; 30.3% in retail trade; 29% in construction and 27.4%  in finance and insurance report the same. In other words, in these 10 industries 33% or one third of these workers does not get a full night’s sleep. What is your guess as to the productivity of these individuals as well as amount of errors they make?
Do you know that 74% of people drink a caffeinated beverage in an average week and 13% of people drink more than six caffeinated beverages on an average weekday? What do all these statistics mean?
Sleeplessness has been linked to increased rates of heart disease, obesity, stroke and even certain cancers. Although the exact reasons for these effects are largely unknown, they do suggest the importance of sleep. So it’s possible to suggest that if you’re getting your proper the amount of sleep, you can likely reason that they are harming yourself as well.
Okay you probably know that there is no amount of caffeine that can alleviate one’s need for sleep. Also, drugs like Ambien and Lunesta are not the answer either. In the 2007 national Institute of health study, individuals taking popular prescriptions sleeping pills fell asleep 13 minutes faster than those given a sugar pill. They also slept for 11 minutes longer. Did you know that some of these sleeping pills also interfere with short-term memory and probably interfere with remembering a patient’s tossing and turning during the night?
 A few suggestions include the following  may help with sleepless nights: go to bed at the same time every night; avoid the bluish light from such things as computer screens, TVs and smart phones; and utilize  yoga or other relaxation techniques to help put your mind at ease. If these changes don’t work, consider consulting a professional.
Don't forget to keep moving.


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