There are many great events occurring in May. Among them, Older Americans Month, brough to us by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging at www.aoa.dhhs.gov and Better Sleep Month, brought to us by The Better Sleep Council atwww.bettersleep.org. For more information on these events and a complete Health Observances Calendar visit www.nationalwellness.org.
Increase your odds of living 12 years longer!
A recent study appearing April 26 in the Archives of Medicine, done over a 20-year period on 4,886 adults (18 years and older), concluded that individuals who don't smoke, or have quit; women who had less than two alcoholic beverages daily and men who have less than three; individuals who get more than two hours of physical activity a week; and those who eat fruits and vegetables more than three times a day lived an average of 12 years longer.
The healthy behaviors work together and, combined, lead to an overall healthier outcome.
TANNER, L., (April 26, 2010) Yahoo! Health: Diet & Fitness, Mind & Mood, Longevity, Conditions & Diseases, & Drug Guide. Bad habits can age you by 12 years, study suggests" Retrieved April 26, 2010 from .
Are You Sleeping?
It's impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take catnaps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.
A Bundle of Joy
A new baby typically results in 400 to 750 hours of lost sleep for parents in the first year.
Dreams, once thought to occur only during REM sleep, also occur (but to a lesser extent) in non-REM sleep phases. It's possible there may not be a single moment of our sleep when we are actually dreamless.
Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
The extra hour of sleep received when clocks are turned back at the end of daylight saving time has been found to coincide with a fall in the number of road accidents.
All Above: http://www.achooallergy.com/interesting-sleep-facts.asp
Daytime naps improve memory! They also help you remember important facts and cut risk of heart disease.
The Good Life
Current retirees are more interested in an active life, including continuing to work, than their parents' generation.
15 million older persons volunteer, nearly half the 65-plus population in the U.S.
Livin' it Up!
The overall difference in life expectancy at birth in the United States is about 7 years (i.e., 72 for men vs. 79 for women); and at every age women, on average, can expect to live longer than men.
Psych Central, http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/facts-about-aging/