increase in coronary artery disease. Sleep restores the body,
the mind and especially the heart.”
Dr. Sak recommends a regular wake-up time, every day.
“This will drive you toward a regular bedtime,” he says.
Don’t work, use the computer or watch television
Keep the television out of the bedroom.
Sleep in quiet; using music as an aid can actually
interfere with a good night’s rest.
Limit cafeine to the morning hours; the efects can
linger well into the evening.
If you snore or wake often, talk to your doctor about
being tested for apnea or other sleep disorders at an
accredited sleep center.
“If you wake often during the night, you have an increased
risk of stroke and heart disease,” says Dr. Sak. “Getting
enough sleep will make you feel better, look better and
improve your overall health.”
hapwise on HAP
As we age, we need more sleep, right?
Not so fast, says one local expert. It’s how we sleep — not
how much we sleep — that makes the biggest diference.
“Children are very efcient sleepers. They’re usually not
aware of disturbances in the night,” says Daniel Sak, D.O.,
medical director of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Sleep
Disorders Center. “Adults tend to sleep lighter and wake
often, so it takes us longer to get full restorative sleep.”
Aging impacts our ability to recover from sleep deprivation.
“Youth is very forgiving, and we can use calories and
cafeine to get by. When you hit mid-life, though, you really
can’t make it on fve or six hours of sleep every night.”
“Adults need seven-and-a-half to nine hours of sleep per
night,” he says. Getting less can make you sleepy the next
day — or it can decrease your quality of life or even your life
“Your risk of heart disease, specifcally coronary artery
disease, increases dramatically when you don’t get
enough sleep,” he warns. “In fact, a study published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine
discovered that women who
consistently got less than six hours of sleep saw a signifcant
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