“What can I do to reduce my risk?” That’s one of the most common questions physicians receive from patients when discussing their likelihood of developing a chronic medical condition. Like these patients, you want to be proactive about your health. You want to do everything in your power to prevent
Tag: poor sleep quality
Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing
If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or don’t wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, you’re not alone. As we age, sleep patterns become more fragmented and we wake up more easily—two factors that often prevent us from getting a good seven to nine hours of sleep each
Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart
Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Fruits and Vegetables May Help You Avoid Frailty
Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of developing frailty, a condition characterized by a loss of physical and mental strength that puts you at increased risk for illness, disability, and death. Researchers writing in Age &
Our 10-day plan and sample recipes can give you a jump-start on healthy eating habits that will benefit your heart and brain. Diet is only part of the equation, however: Getting plenty of physical activity, sleeping well, and keeping your stress level down are essential, too.
The scientific evidence that
The easy answer to the question posed in this chapter’s title is: Stay active. Slow and steady wins the race, and the same is true in dealing with low back pain. Take it one step at a time whether you’re eager to get back to the gym or just trying