Are Your Sleep Habits Aging You?

We are all familiar with the unpleasant effects of sleep-deprivation: fatigue, lack of energy, inattention, and irritability. Most of us should really get more sleep — it would make us feel and perform much better and can even help us lose weight. But did you know that it’s also possible to get too much sleep?

It turns out sleep is sort of like Goldilocks — you don’t want too little, and you don’t want too much.

What number is just right? The answer is really a range: somewhere between 6-8 hours. Any more or less than that may do more than just make you sleepy — it may cause your brain to age prematurely.

According to this study, both men and women who averaged seven hours of sleep performed better on reasoning tests than both people who slept fewer than six hours, as well as people who slept more than eight hours. Most interesting, the researchers involved think that the findings show that consistent sleep routines that include sleeping for around seven hours a night every night can help reduce the regular cognitive decline that happens to all of us as we get older:

  • The study tracked men and women over five years and consistently asked them to perform memory, vocabulary, and logic tests.
  • The study showed that people who got too little or too much sleep showed a loss in brain function that was like aging 4 to 7 years!
  • People tend to sleep less when they age, so maintaining between 6-8 hours of sleep a night may be a great natural way to prevent some of that natural memory loss that occurs with aging.

You might be surprised by the fact that too much sleep could be bad for you, and you wouldn’t be alone — the researchers in the study were surprised as well. They think it may be that these people aren’t actually sleeping more than 8 hours — they may be lying in bed battling insomnia, or they may be getting poor quality sleep. Being in bed doesn’t count — you need around seven hours of quality sleep in order to function at your best and keep your brain young..

Good-night!

You Are Having What Kind of Party?

Remember when home parties were  Tupperware and make-up?   Now there are parties for everything from  jewelry, candles,  work-out clothes, nutritional supplements….and even ones for ‘intimate’ toys.    Some of these parties we avoid like the plague, maybe we host one to help a girlfriend out , or if we’re lucky we may actually find a product we love and plan a girls night out and introduce it .  We drink, talk, drink  shop, drink and relax.  At these parties the  most harm you could possibly do would be having those last few glasses of wine and becoming the proud new owner of an ‘intimate toy’ or the neighborhoods newest  Mary Kay distributor…..and you don’t wear make-up.

Now fast forward to the past several  years and chances are you have been invited to a Botox party.  We went from candles and make-up to surgical procedures in our homes?  If you haven’t been invited to one, chances are you will be.  So in the event that the person hosting the Botox party leaves the following information  off  their invitation let me plug it in for them:

Botox should be handled with the utmost care. That starts with the person administering the injection. Are they licensed to handle these types of cosmetic procedures? Or have they simply watched enough injections to think they know what they’re doing? Botox was designed to paralyze the muscles that cause fine lines and deeper wrinkles. Think about that for a moment. It might take minutes to perform, but it’s a serious procedure.  If you think the mishaps start and stop with Frozen Face, you’re mistaken. A more serious complication is blepharoptosis, more commonly referred to as Droopy Eyelid. Sure, they’ve developed drugs to treat it, but why risk an embarrassing side effect that can last up to six months?

I’m also curious what on-line training class these injectors failed or were absent on the day  they were taught that you do not let people drinking alcohol sign consent forms.  Ever.

I used to get so aggravated at people in the esthetic industry  (Doctor’s, Estheticians, Nurses, etc) doing procedures that are legally within their  license boundaries….but not technically what they should be doing–well —-except according to them.  Would you let your ENT give you your yearly female exam or deliver your baby?  Legally he can.  Isn’t it shady when a Dentist offers lipo (I know of 2 here in Denver.)   As much as you love your Esthetician:-)–she has no business injecting you.   All of these things happen all of the time.  How about a recent story in the news of the lady injecting people with a mixture of fix-a-flat, super glue and cement.  There have been several plastic surgery deaths on the news in the past few years.  Doctors practicing bad medicine to make money and people signing up to save money….even at the risk of dying.  Yes, I know I went from Botox to surgery but it’s the same concept.  At what level do we need to blame ourselves? The patients.  The people not doing their  homework, for treating all of these procedures casually, for not seeing a red flag when a person claims they can give you the procedure you want for thousands of dollars less.  I know of people who have gotten face-lifts with a coupon.  Recently I have become less aggravated at the un-ethical people offering services that they shouldn’t be performing and more irritated at the people signing up for the services.  Do your homework, get trusted referrals, quit trying to save a few bucks and  only hire professionals that do it safely, correctly and have the ethics to know which procedures they should and should not perform.

And at the end of the day… if you still decide to see shady people for your services….you deserve that lazy eye.  Yep, I said it— and I mean it. XO

Check out this video—

The compassion we feel normally is biased and mixed with attachment. Genuine compassion flows towards all living beings, particularly your enemies. If I try to develop compassion towards my enemy, it may not benefit him directly, he may not even be aware of it. But it will immediately benefit me by calming my mind. On the other hand, if I dwell on how awful everything is, I immediately lose my peace of mind. – Dalai Lama