On a routine visit to a doctor’s surgery, you might expect to have your blood pressure and BMI measured, and be asked a few questions about diet, exercise and alcohol intake. One thing the doctor probably won’t ask is “how do you sleep?”
If we’re serious about preventive health, that is a serious oversight. Poor sleep is a major risk factor for obesity, diabetes, mood disorders and immune malfunction. Put simply, poor sleep can shorten your life. How to fix the problem?
Although there are habits and tricks to sleeping we can all adopt (see “So many reasons why sleep is too important to miss“), everyone’s needs are different. Why this should be so is not well understood.
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