The Men’s Health Week Challenge by SleepRate: Small Change, Improved Health
As Men’s Health Week approaches, SleepRate challenges you to make a small change in your lifestyle that will have a big impact. Stay tuned as we reveal the X-factor towards a healthier life…
As a contemporary man, you have an endless supply of thoughts and formulas swimming around in your head. Not the least of which is how to stay healthy, how to improve your lifestyle, and what those ‘X factors’ are that you need to have to create a better, healthier and more productive lifestyle. You’re constantly looking for increased performance, and a way to solve real-world problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.
When it comes to preventive care and wellness, it’s no surprise to most that the leading cause of men’s death is heart conditions – with a quarter of all heart-disease-related deaths occurring in men ages 35 to 65. But what’s causing those deaths? Is it the obvious factors such as cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.? Well, yes – and it doesn’t take a mathematician to know that. But there’s another ‘X factor’ in play that you may have totally overlooked: sleep.
Recent studies show, for example, a direct association of insomnia with an increased risk for hypertension, cardiac failure, and other cardiovascular conditions. Furthermore, insomnia and short sleep durations have been associated with an increased risk for myocardial infarction, stroke, increased stress, type 2 diabetes, and increased overall mortality related with insufficient sleep. Studies indicate that this risk is higher for men than for women, although insomnia is more prevalent in women.
Taking Inventory Each June
Every year each June, Men’s Health Month reminds men around the world that there is no better time than now to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for cardiovascular and other diseases. The month gives health care providers, policy makers, and others an opportunity to be more aware of the preventable health problems that exist for men, and encourage early detection and treatment of the diseases and conditions that affect so many men around the world.
Father’s Day is approaching as well, and with men today playing the role of not only fathers, but of brothers, husbands, sons, and more – they often take responsibilities within each of these roles seriously. However, their health must become a priority too. There is an ongoing crisis in North America right now when it comes to men’s health. The management of chronic medical diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol that cause many men to die prematurely in the prime of their life is limited.
Consider these facts:
- Only 30% of a man’s health is determined by genetics; the other 70% is controllable through lifestyle.
- Men who sleep 7-8 hours a night have approximately 60% less risk of a fatal heart attack than those who sleep 5 hours or less.
- Inactive men are 60% more likely to suffer from depression than those who are active.
A Winning Formula for Success
Men and women alike put a great deal of effort and energy into what they think is right for improving their lifestyle. It’s always been thought that healthy nutrition + exercise is the formula for overall better health. And while that’s indeed true, there’s another factor missing from that equation, and that’s sleep.
If we put as much effort into sleep as we did for those other factors, we would truly have a winning formula for success. Sleep is vital for a healthy life, and affects every aspect of it – from fitness to productivity to appearance. Sleep recharges your body and mind, and helps you boost your energy level, solve problems, and be more productive at work and in any other aspect of your day-to-day life.
For men whose sleep is poor and not satisfying enough, who want to fall asleep faster, or who just generally feel sleepy and tired throughout the day… here’s something to consider: poor or insufficient sleep can leave your brain tired and drained – leading to depression, a weakened immune system and hormone imbalances, among other health-related problems. The long-term effects of sleeping less than 7-8 hours a night, or having trouble getting good sleep are all too real…putting both your mental capabilities and physical health at risk. Long-standing sleep deprivation, for example, is associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure, and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.
SleepRate therefore invites you to understand the “X-Factor”, where you can try to add one more hour of sleep this week during Men’s Health Week. You’ll be amazed at the results!
You will feel the change immediately, but if you want to see it with your own eyes, SleepRate invites you to download the app with a free monitoring kit.
At SleepRate, we use the power of advanced sleep monitoring, assessment, and therapy with the latest modern technologies, to create the most reliable, effective, and user-friendly solution available today. SleepRate’s core technology utilizes behavioral sleep medicine practices developed and implemented at Stanford University’s Behavioral Sleep Division. Our unique solution for better sleep-life balance was developed and customized as a step-by-step program to improve mental and physical performance, so that people can be more productive and effective throughout the day.
With the adoption of smartphones and wearable devices increasing rapidly as well, a new type of opportunity is on the horizon: the ability to use these devices for detecting and evaluating sleep deprivation, and to change the standards of care commonly used today.
SleepRate has demonstrated that wearables such as the Apple Watch can serve as a reliable way to help people with insomnia and other sleep-related disorders and complaints. Objective sleep metrics along with subjective digitized sleep diaries can change how sleep disorders such as insomnia are treated – both by providing reliable sleep-related data for sleep professionals to be able to treat more patients than they can treat these days; and by providing e-coaching based on reliable data, state of the art principles and protocols for sleep therapy.
This combination of getting fit and getting a good night’s sleep are a natural fit together. SleepRate’s comprehensive all-in-one solution can help make both happen… creating a true formula for healthy success.
Think you’re up for the fit/sleep challenge? Try SleepRate for just seven days, and then tell us how you’re doing. Your feedback and thoughts will help make our products and solutions even better.
To learn more about SleepRate and how to get started, visit us at www.sleeprate.com, or tell us if you met the challenge on social media using #SleepRateCallenge2018.