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Today’s Fast Pace Contributing to Less Sleep

Today’s Fast Pace Contributing to Less Sleep

Learn to set the pace: In 1925, WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacher did it, so did James Garner in 1957 and Jay Leno in 1999. They drove pace cars at the Indianapolis 500. But when their pace cars pulled off the track (it happens at every car race) all you-know-what broke loose. Kinda like what happens when you get your engine all revved up and forget to stick with a healthier life rhythm!

If you were to get some work, some play and plenty of sleep, you’d actually accomplish more and live longer. But most Americans eat lunch at their desk, expect to work while on vacations and around 20 percent suffer from anxiety disorders. No wonder four out of 10 of you get less than 7 hours of sleep a night (recommended minimum) and 30 percent of adults have symptoms of insomnia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that there’s an epidemic of sleep deprivation sweeping the U.S.

Want an interesting new way to sleep better and relax more? Research from UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience found that a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (you learn smart sleep routines—dark rooms, no digital devices, etc.) and tai chi, the graceful, ancient Chinese form of exercise that’s known as moving meditation, reduces inflammation on a cellular level and is very effective in the battle against insomnia. Now that’s pacing yourself. 

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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