Wake up, sleepyhead… and heed this latest warning
Too much sleep? Doesn’t seem possible!
When most folks think of a “sleep disorder,” the first thing that comes to mind is staring at the ceiling for hours every night, struggling to get some rest.
But bleary-eyed mornings and coffee, coffee, coffee aren’t the only signs of a sleep problem.
Sleeping too much is JUST as dangerous as missing out.
And in some cases, it can be deadly.
New research finds that people who snooze nine or more hours a night are 30 percent more likely to drop dead than folks who get a more typical seven hours.
Sleep more than nine hours?
The risk climbs even higher!
Sleep 10 hours a night or more, and your risk of death from stroke will jump by 56 percent, while your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease shoots up by 49 percent.
I know this sounds unlikely.
Sleep is supposed to be RESTFUL. It’s supposed to help your body heal and rejuvenate.
And good sleep is essential to the immune system, heart function, brain health, and more.
But here’s a case where it’s possible to have “too much of a good thing,” because this isn’t the only study to find a link.
Just a few years back, researchers found that sleeping nine or more hours a night can lead to stiffer arteries. Even more alarming, those arteries can have up to 70 percent more calcification than what we see in folks who get around seven hours a night.
There’s the risk. Let’s get to work on finding the cause and fixing it.
In some cases, too much sleep is a side effect of medication. In others, it can be a warning sign of another health condition -- immune system problems, hormone issues, and more.
The most common cause of this body-sapping fatigue is a condition that also happens to be increasingly common and badly underdiagnosed: worn-out adrenal glands.
Your adrenals are responsible for pumping out stress hormones -- but in today’s crazy world, they can end up cranking out so much that they eventually burn out.
Adrenal fatigue leads to the life-sapping exhaustion that sends you to bed for eight… 10… 12 hours or more.
But it can also hurt you in other ways. It can damage your immune system -- exposing you to infection, illness, and chronic disease.
A good adrenal support formula built around rhodiola and ashwagandha can often help you get back to feeling like yourself again. If that doesn’t do the trick, work with a holistic medical doctor who can run complete tests to figure out why you’re so tired… and then get to work on fixing it.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I can run those tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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The sneaky problem keeping you up at night
It's one of those things that could have the BIGGEST impact on your day-to-day quality of life.
It can often mean the difference between feeling great and ready to tackle anything that comes your way... and feeling slow and weak, even if there's nothing "wrong" with you.
A hidden sleep problem -- one so sneaky that you might not even know you have it.
Now, the latest research reveals how catching and fixing this "secret" condition could the key to improving your sleep at night... so your days are better and more enjoyable.
The cause? A bladder problem.
Some folks wake up to pee more often than a toddler learning to use the toilet... and not all of them know it.
You can be so groggy that you may not remember it the next day. Even if that pesky bladder pokes you awake two or three times -- or more -- you might have only the vaguest recollection by morning.
All you know is that you don't quite feel rested.
Now, the new study of older women suffering from bladder problems (such as urgency and incontinence) shows what a difference a little detective work can make.
Find the problem and fix it, and you'll see dramatic improvements in sleep.
Even just one less bathroom run per night -- just one! -- can give you better sleep by three important measures.
You can enjoy better overall sleep quality, which is just what it sounds like: how well you sleep.
It'll improve what's known as sleep efficiency, or how much time you spend in bed actually asleep versus tossing and turning or getting up to use the bathroom.
And it can boost your sleep duration, or the total amount of time asleep.
The one downside to the study is that the women took bladder control drugs, which can help with bladder problems -- just a little -- but come with the risk of serious side effects.
There's an easier way.
First, recognize the problem. If you're groggy in the morning and don't know why, it could be a sign of a bladder issue.
If you find that you head to the bathroom a little more often than you'd like during the day, then odds are it's a problem at night even if you're not always aware of it.
And second, once you know -- or suspect -- a problem, don't turn to bladder meds.
Start with simple solutions, including the easiest one of all: Limit your fluids after dinner.
Reducing how much you drink in the evening will often improve nighttime bladder struggles by at least as much as drugs, but without the risks.
If you need a little more help, try bladder training -- such as practicing holding out between toilet trips during the day for increasing periods -- as well as bladder-strengthening Kegel exercises.
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