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Lack Of Sleep Deadly?

           I recently read a news article recently that drew some shocking conclusions that any person may want to know about. Apparently a new study indicates that those who sleep 5 hours or less are twice as likely to die of heart disease. A 17 year study of more than 10,000 workers showed that getting around 7 hours of sleep is optimal, while over or under this number can have hazardous affects. Sleeping less than 5 hours a night has consistently been linked to high blood pressure, and greater risk of cardiovascular disease as well. Many point to the trend of busy lifestyles and tremendous work routines as a primary cause of lack of sleep.

           On the flip side of the coin, getting 9 or more hours of sleep is also thought to have negative consequences. According to a previous study, those who slept well over 9 hours a night also had a much higher mortality rate.

           I guess keeping a consistent 7 hours a night is the way to go.

           With loaded work schedules, rising gas prices and food bills skyrocketing, it’s no wonder people are failing to get enough sleep. The scary part about this study lies in the fact that so many people fall into the category of 5 hours of sleep or less. It is not uncommon for 5 out of 10 people in a room to not sleep nearly enough, while exposing themselves to high risk of heart problems in the future. Who knew that not sleeping enough could have the same affect on your blood pressure as candy or a sugar-filled can of soda? I for one enjoy sleeping, especially for 7 or 8 hours at a time. No one likes to be a groggy, coffee addicted zombie in the morning anyway, so why not just get some sleep? There’s always counting sheep right?

(stats and findings from: Lack of Sleep May Be Deadly, Research Shows By Ben Hirschler )

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                  I recently saw a video of the E3 video game expo 2007 featuring Nintendo guru Miyamoto showcasing the new WiiFit game for the Nintendo Wii. The new kid on the block features a white scale-like balance board that comes with the game itself. The board utilizes wi-fi and sends a signal to your machine which can then read a multitude of your body’s characteristics. As you stand on the board, a display will pop-up showing your BMI (body mass index), posture, and a slew of other stats. The weight feature is only one of over 30 or wiifit_logo1.jpgso activities a player can participate in with the game. There are muscle exercises that utilize the wiimote and actually feature a virtual person on the screen doing the stretch as you do it. From aerobics like stepping exercises to more uniform stretching, the combinaiton of the board and wiimote enable a player to perform an array of different activities usually not associated with video games. Nintendo is going a very interesting route with this new addition. Never before have video games really seen a direct “exercise” game that had broad appeal. (DDR being the closest I can think of.) I think the game will either be a hit or miss for Nintendo, and it will be interesting to see how many adults really utilize the Wii health program. Nintendo has always been known as leaders in innovation and creativity, and it seems they have truly come up with yet another completely original and enticing idea for a video game. We can only wait and see what the future holds for fitness on the Wii.

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