07 Apr '11, 8am

Quality sleep can help prevent cancer, high blood pressure and even promote weight loss. Sleep easy with these tips.

Quality sleep can help prevent cancer, high blood pressure and even promote weight loss. Sleep easy with these tips.

You can ward off cancer, high blood pressure and even promote weight loss by getting quality sleep. Individuals who slept five hours or less each night gained 2.5 times as much abdominal fat as those who slept six to seven hours, say Wake Forest University researchers in the US. If snooze time is hard to come by for you, try these tips tonight. Take A Hot Shower To fall asleep, your core body temperature has to drop by 2 deg C. “A hot power shower before sleep speeds this process, as you’ll cool down immediately afterwards,” says Dr Beata O’Donoghue, sleep medicine expert at The London Clinic in the UK. And keep your feet under a blanket: “Warm feet help draw heat away from your core,” he adds. Darken Down Bathroom strip lighting is no aid to restful sleep. Studies show that exposing our senses to bright light close to bedtime jolts the brain into thinking we're supposed t...

Full article: http://www.menshealth.com.sg/health/shortcuts-better-sleep

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