Thursday, January 9, 2014

Resolution Week: Rise with the Sun

Good Morning, Charlestown Navy Yard!
Getting good quality sleep can keep you slim and healthy, so if your New Year's Resolution is to lose weight or get fit, sleep will be a key component. Multiple publications have recently cited the benefits of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Sleep specialist Michael Breus, Ph.D., says "Keeping a consistent schedule is the single best thing you can do to affect overall sleep quality- because it helps to set your circadian rhythms so your brain knows when it's time to go to bed and wake, making your sleep more restful."

Once you've got a good sleep schedule, stop sleeping in! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine notes that more time awake during daylight hours increases your levels of vitamin D, which the body synthesizes when skin is exposed to sun. Soaking up the [limited in January/February] sun is a great way to beat those winter doldrums!

This might all sound great, but do you think that you're genetically programmed to sleep late? Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center disagree! They looked at variations in circadian rhythms and found that there's actually only an hour range of difference in natural wake times. So get out of bed, sleepy head and make rising with the sun your routine this year. I bet you'll have a more productive and healthy 2014!

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