Sleep is crucial for health,and many people don’t getenough of it.
“Sleep helps the bodyto heal muscle, build newmuscle, and allows the brainto store and file information,”notes Dr. Daphne Anderson, asports and exercise medicinephysician at Tower Physio inCalgary. “Sleep helps withthe chemicals you need inthe brain to feel happy. Theimmune system does better.
And the body metabolizessugar more effectively whenyou’ve had the appropriateamount of sleep, which isseven to eight hours a nightfor most people.”
“Some stress helps usachieve our goals, whiletoxic or ongoing stress iscounterproductive,” saysDr. Mayank Singal, AlbertaHealth Services’ medicalofficer of health, North Zone.
Sometimes we can’t seestress in ourselves.
“Talking to a good friend
can be very helpful. Other
people can often see things
that we can’t see in ourselves.”
A person’s perception
of stress is an important
factor in their health, notes
Maitreyi Raman. He’s also aclinical associate professor inthe University of Calgary’sDepartment of Medicineand Alberta Health Services’medical director of NutritionServices in the Calgary Zone.
“If we can change the way weperceive stress, that is verylikely to reduce the severityof a disease.”
Watching morethan your weight
Looking for and listening to what
else your body is telling you
WRITTEN BY JACQUELINE LOUIE
Weight can offer strongclues about health. Butbody and mind also leavea trail of other clues aboutyour health every day.
Here are 13 signsto watch for: