According to an article from Joe and Teresa Graedon in The Dallas Morning News, September 18, 2012, People-s Pharmacy section, coffee is much more than a caffeine delivery vehicle. Therefore, caffeine from No-Doz tablets doesn-t produce the same benefits. There are at least a thousand compounds in a cup of brewed coffee. Real coffee lowers the risk of Type II diabetes, heart failure, Alzheimer-s disease progression, and neck and shoulder pain triggered by excess computer work.
The idea that we should sleep in 8 hour chunks is relatively recent. Millions of Chinese, South Americans, Italians, etc. take an afternoon siesta every day. Splitting the night-s sleep into 2 portions has been going on for centuries.
Source: Rethinking Sleep by David K. Randall, author of Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.
Relationship between sleep quality and quantity in women participating in Weight Loss Intervention trials: better weight loss occurs with better sleep habits say numerous studies from medical centers across the USA.
Those people who consistently get an hour or two less sleep per night than they should for even a week or two can have the same impact on mood and performance as missing two full nights of sleep, says the clinical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Plus, it puts you at risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Get smart: take a nap. Naps permit your memory banks to do their filing, leaving your brain ready to learn. A study from the University of California, Berkeley tested two groups. One took a 90-minute siesta at 2:00 PM, the other group did not. At 6:00 PM, both groups were tested. The no-nappers performed ten percent less well.
According to an article in NUTRITION REPORTER quoting a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010, abundant magnesium reduces the risk of cardiac death. Low magnesium can lead to leg and foot cramps that awake one at night. Regular magnesium supplementation, 200 mgm 3 times per week, is a good idea.
A blood cysteine level is a good biomarker for people with obstructive sleep apnea, which is consistently linked to increased risk for cardiovascular misadventure.