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The Importance of Sleep

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

It is proven that getting a good night sleep can keep you mind and body healthy. A sleep-deprived brain is unable to absorb, process and remember new information. Getting more than seven hours of sleep each night improves memory, performance and makes people healthier and more alert. Insufficient sleep has been linked to hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, depression and obesity.

Physiologic studies suggest that a sleep deficit may put the body into a state of high alert, increasing the production of stress hormones and driving up blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. People who are sleep-deprived have elevated levels of substances in the blood that indicate a heightened state of inflammation in the body which is also a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and cancer. Other studies have found that sleep influences the functioning of the lining inside blood vessels, which could explain why people are most prone to heart attacks and strokes during early morning hours.

The newest study on obesity, from Columbia University, is just the latest to find that adults who sleep the least appear to be the most likely to gain weight and to become obese. Researchers have also found that even mild sleep deprivation quickly disrupts normal levels of hormones which regulate appetite. It’s not that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, your metabolism will not function properly.

To get a better night sleep, always avoid caffeine in the afternoon. Exercise also helps improve sleep quality. Watch what you eat before bed time. Avoid big or rich meals. This can increase risk of heartburn and keep you up at night. If the problem persists, see your physician for a possible sleep study.

Gift giving for a father who has “everything”…

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Gift giving can often be a challenge when giving to a loved one who we feel already has “everything” but there is one thing we can give a senior or at-risk dad that they might not have…

American Medical Alarms would like to suggest that families consider giving the “Gift of Safety” for Father’s Day. This is a gift that might not only change his life, but could save his life in a medical emergency.  Safety, a sense of security and independence are precious gifts and American Medical Alarms can help you give this gift to your father.

Did you know that most seniors who have a medical alarm are able to continue living independently in their homes up to six years longer than those without a medical alarm? These seniors say that the reason they are able to do so is because of the added sense of security they have with their medical alarm.

Their added sense of security comes from knowing that they can get help if they need it, and, they are more apt to be active, social and outgoing which adds to their overall health and well-being.

An American Medical Alarms system will allow your father to get help in an emergency by simply pressing the button he is wearing. He will be connected with a highly trained professional who will get help for him and can even provide life saving instruction until rescue arrives.  In situations that don’t require rescue, we can call someone from his contact list to come over and assist him. All of this happens within a few moments and could save your loved one’s life.

So, consider giving the gift of safety for Father’s Day this year.  It will be a gift that both you and your Father will feel good about throughout the year.

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