Diet and Sleep - Do They Go Together?

         Dr. Ken Redcross was a recent guest on the show

It costs nothing, everyone wants more of it, but finding time to get it seems impossible.  Sleep. It’s one of our most basic survival mechanisms that reboots the body’s motherboard each night. Without it we can’t survive. In fact, studies show that sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Ken Redcross, board-certified internal medicine physician says without proper sleep, your body’s immune system is more susceptible to infection, making it difficult to fight off illness.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get 7 hours of sleep each night, but Dr. Redcross says if this is impossible for you there is a way to cheat the ‘sleep system’ and still reap the health benefits.  He says it’s really quality over quantity that matters when it comes to getting enough ZZZ’s and will give your audience four ‘sleep cheats’ that will not only improve quality of sleep but help the body ward off serious illnesses and diseases that can result from lack of sleep (tips include: cutting out certain beverages that disrupt and shorten sleep cycles, backing up the immune system, eating certain foods that promote deeper sleep and investing in better bedding).

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