daytime sleepiness

  1. Daytime sleepiness caused by too much fat

    Is this the culprit of your afternoon crashes?

    It's like slamming into a brick wall.

    Every afternoon, like clockwork, you're so tired you have to find a place for a snooze.

    While there's nothing wrong with a regular siesta and there are even health benefits to napping...this is different.

    You don't WANT a nap. You NEED one.

    On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense. You wake up after a full night of rest. Heck, you might feel so good you practically leap out of bed.

    But by midday, you're out of steam -- and guys, if that sounds familiar, new reason might show why... and it's not poor sleep at night.

    It's lousy eating during the day!

    Men who eat a lot of fatty foods are 78 percent more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness than men who limit their fats.

    This isn't just true in younger men or older men. It's true across the board, from ages 35 right up to 80, according to the study.

    That means the real secret to all-day energy isn't an extra cup of coffee OR a nap.

    It's in eating less of the junk you know you shouldn't be eating anyway.

    Of course, it's not always poor diet behind your drowsiness. In some cases, it could be a sign of chronic disease -- including diabetes -- even if you're not aware you have it yet.

    In other cases, feeling sleepy in the daytime even after what you think was a full night of sleep can be a warning sign of sleep apnea, the condition where you stop breathing in the night.

    It can wake you up dozens or even hundreds of times each night, but because you fall right back asleep you probably won't even notice it.

    The new study finds that men who eat the fattiest diets also have a higher risk of apnea -- mostly because folks who eat too much fatty food tend to be overweight, and that by itself is a major risk factor for apnea.

    But even without obesity, apnea, or other chronic health conditions, fatty food was linked to low energy in the middle of the day. So, if you've been running out of fuel in the afternoon yourself, it's time to rethink what you're eating.

    Give your diet a simple makeover and remove the bad fats -- especially the junk foods. You'll enjoy better health overall, sleep better at night, and get the all-day energy you need to make it to the evening.

    You can still nap -- but when you WANT to, not because you NEED to.

     

  2. Daytime sleepiness isn't normal at any age

    One of the most common complaints I hear from seniors at my practice concerns daytime sleepiness.

    But too many of them accept it as normal. Some of my patients won't even mention it to me unless I ask first. They're convinced that it just comes with the territory – that as you get older, you simply get run down more easily during the day.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, and a new study bears that out.

    The study, published online in the May Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, tracked 11 older adults (ages 65-76) and 26 younger adults (ages 18-29). For three days, they slept a standard 8 hours per night. Then, they were kept awake for 26 hours as researchers tracked their abilities and attention spans.

    They weren't allowed any caffeine during this period – just their own natural abilities and stamina.

    And wouldn't you know it – the seniors were less impaired by the lack of sleep. They had faster reaction times, fewer performance lapses and paid better attention.

    You know that old stereotype where the senior starts nodding off in the middle of doing something? Throw that one out the window. It turns out the younger adults were more likely to accidentally nod off.

    What this really means is that if you're getting a normal night's sleep, you shouldn't be tired during the day – whether you're a vibrant senior or a young whippersnapper.

    If you find yourself getting tired in the middle of the day, it's time to stop accepting it as part of aging and get to the cause. In some cases, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. For other folks, it's a side effect of one or more prescription drugs.

    But in many cases, I've found their fatigue problem to be a potassium deficiency.

    In the June issue of Health Revelations, I'll be taking an in-depth look at how a lack of potassium can be wearing you out – and I'll show you how to diagnose and fix it, on your own, without pricey and dangerous prescription meds or repeated trips to a doctor's office. Sign up to read about it today.

    Then, when you return to your normal, natural wakeful state, you'll see you can run circles around those kids half your age.

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