There might be such a thing as a crystal ball after all.
Just one look inside, and you’ll get a glimpse into your not-so-distant future. You’ll see what fate has in store.
But this crystal ball won’t reveal anything about how you’ll do with love or money.
It’s focused on something much more critical, especially if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.
It can reveal if you’re likely to live for many years to come. Or if there’s a much darker fate in store.
I know this sounds like spooky Halloween stuff. But don’t be too afraid to look. Because it will ALSO reveal something else.
It can show you the quick action you need to take to SLASH those risks and add YEARS to your life.
The snoozing secret to better health
OK, so it’s not a real crystal ball, of course. It’s not even round. And it’s a heck of a lot softer than crystal.
I’m talking about your pillow. And if you’re using it well, you don’t have as much to worry about.
In other words, if you’re getting the sleep that you need night after night, your future looks bright. But if you’re NOT getting the rest your body requires, you could be facing serious problems in the not-too-distant future.
Here’s the deal.
We ALL need to get adequate sleep to satisfy the three Rs…
It’s not just a matter of wanting to feel the fourth R – refreshed – when you wake up, either.
It’s the process that unfolds every night when you sleep that’s critical. Your cellular cleaning crew sweeps out damaging toxins and makes vital repairs.
When you get plenty of sleep, they get a ton of time to work.
But when you miss out, they’re cut off and can’t finish the job. And you can suffer big, as a new study shows so very clearly.
Skipping out on sleep can DOUBLE your death risk
The dividing line is six hours.
Get more sleep than that, and you’re sitting… or at least sleeping… pretty. As long as you don’t snooze the day away, of course. Experts agree you should get no more than nine hours at the most.
But, snooze less than six, and you could be facing an early visit to the Big Sleep.
Folks with diabetes or high blood pressure who sleep six hours or less face DOUBLE the risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
The study in the Journal of the American Heart Association also unearthed ANOTHER risk. For people who already have heart disease or have had a stroke, sleeping less than six hours a night can TRIPLE the risk of death from cancer or cancer-related causes.
Clearly, this a wake-up call for anyone with poor sleep habits. Or better said, a get-more-sleep call, since waking up is the last thing you need right now.
Don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. In older folks, in particular, poor sleep is often caused by low nighttime levels of the so-called “sleep hormone” melatonin.
Get more melatonin, and you’ll likely be out like a light.
I recommend a spray form if you can find it. Unlike capsules, which need to be digested before they go to work, a quick spritz of melatonin gets absorbed immediately, so you fall asleep faster.