Little Sleep Wreaks Big Havoc

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 09:25 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In the 1960s TV comedy/fantasy "I Dream of Jeannie," Major Anthony Nelson (Larry Hagman) often failed to express himself clearly; unfortunately, his genie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden), took almost everything he said literally. The combo got him into a lot of trouble.
 
In a current bit of science - no fantasy here - it turns out your genes' proper self-expression depends on making sure you spend enough time dreaming.
 
We've mentioned before that lack of sleep increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, foggy thinking, and a slower reaction time. But now we know why. When you don't get enough shut-eye, you damage what's called gene expression, the translation of basic info encoded in your genes into protein production that, in turn, sends out messages that influence how every cell in your body operates. And instead of humming along, producing a specific protein in a well-regulated way, some genes trigger the production of very confused or abnormal proteins. These abnormal proteins cause dysfunction in your metabolism and immune system (never a good thing) and increase bodywide inflammation and stress.
 
So, if you're not getting seven to nine hours of restful sleep most nights, you want to start a Dream of Jeannie routine: Set a bedtime and stick to it. No TV or digital devices in the bedroom. Use earplugs or eyeshades if noise or light bothers you. Don't eat within about three hours of hitting the hay. And don't try to put one over on your gene-ies.

© King Features Syndicate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Dr. Oz's Exercise of Choice: Yoga

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 08:03 AM

Julia Roberts, Madonna, Colin Farrell and Dr. Oz all do poses - yoga poses, that is - along with 20 million other North  . . .

Helping Kids Stay Focused

Friday, 12 Sep 2014 08:08 AM

Mr. Peabody, the Harvard-educated, cartoon canine professor (he graduated years before Dr. Oz), has an IQ that's so high . . .

Can Coffee Silence Tinnitus?

Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 08:08 AM

In the 2007 film Noise, Aussie constable Graham McGahan battles Melbourne's bad guys - and his own deafening case of t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved