Get Your Zzzzzzzz For Maximum Health - (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

Lack of sleep could be doing a number on your health. Here's why you should be focusing on a LETTER instead of a number. It's the letter 'zzzzzzzzzzzz..."

 

Work weird hours? I know a little something about that. My alarm goes off at 2am every day so I can be at work by 3. People always say – omg, that’s so early!!!! But actually, for me, it’s sleeping-in compared to some of my previous schedules. And I know I’m not alone! But now I’m learning more about how tough that kind of schedule is on your body. Sure, you may feel tired. But there are other issues as well. And that can mess with you long term!
One recent study we reported on in 11 For Health showed doctors saying that shift work should now be considered an occupational health hazard. A hazard!!! It referenced studies involving nurses and other workers who work late night and overnight shifts. We tend to have poor eating habits. And that increases the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Yikes.
And a new study out today may reaffirm how that’s happening. This new study focused on 12 men over a two-night period. One night, they were completely sleep deprived. The next night, they were allowed to sleep. No surprise… the men tended to be hungrier after getting no sleep.
That got us all chatting in the newsroom. We ALL work weird shifts. (And for some of us, it will be different every week. I think that’s even TOUGHER on your body. One week you’re overnights. The next week you’re daytime. No wonder your body is freaking out!) But whatever shift we work at KKTV, we all seem to average 4-6 hours of sleep a night.
Is that enough? Not for everybody, that’s for sure! But it’s good to keep in mind that it’s NOT just about getting to the gym. It’s NOT just about eating right. You have to treat your body right too. And that means including a proper amount of sleep… whatever that means for you.
What’s your magic number, when it comes to sleep?
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