8 Health Shortcuts That Work
The ideal: Get at least seven hours each night. Skimping on sleep can have a major impact on your health. A 2007 study at the University
of Warwick, in England, found that women who slept fewer than five hours a night were twice as likely to suffer from hypertension
as women who got seven hours of sleep. Previous studies have linked lack of sleep to weight gain and a weakened immune system.
The next best thing: If you’ve been short on sleep, take a nap. A recent study found that people who took a short daily nap had a lower rate of dying from heart disease than did those who never snoozed during the day. Two suggestions:
- Lie down for a 20-minute siesta in the afternoon to revive yourself.
- Take a quick catnap when you get home from work to counteract the effects of lost sleep.
If your dark circles aren’t quite this adorable, you don’t have to grin and bear it. Try these (en)lightening strategies to minimize them.