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We’ve all had a poor night of sleep before, and we’ve all probably dealt with the sweet cravings that bombarded us the following day. Maple syrup, fruit, donuts, cupcakes—our willpower simply doesn’t function as well when we’re tired.

But according to recent research, willpower isn’t the only thing that suffers after a bad night’s rest. Your metabolism gets wrecked, too. Even after only ONE sleepless night.

In a study out of Uppsala University, researchers tested blood samples of adults both before and after either a good night of sleep or a night of no sleep. Not only did those who had a sleepless night experience an overall increase in bodily inflammation, but they also experienced shifts in DNA methylation, which is how the body turns genes on and off.

Specifically, the genes responsible for increasing stored fat were turned on while muscle tissue seemed to break down, a process which encourages obesity. Glucose sensitivity was also impaired. Over time, this effect from too little sleep is the perfect recipe for weight gain and the development of chronic inflammatory diseases like diabetes.

We’ve long known that chronic sleep deprivation can result in an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, cancer, and serious chronic diseases, but even one night of bad sleep seems to have a pronounced negative effect on the body.

While researchers aren’t sure how long this negative effect lasts or whether lifestyle shifts can counteract it, keep this research in mind the next time you try burning the candle at both ends.

A good, restful, full night of sleep is so important to balanced health. It keeps your immune system strong, recharges your brain, supports hormonal balance, and even helps you store memories. While everyone has different sleep needs, depending on their unique body, most people should aim for between six and nine hours a night.

Having trouble getting a solid night of rest? Take a look at your nighttime ritual.

Are you checking your emails right before bed? Are you watching TV shows? Not only does a dose of tech before bed emit circadian rhythm-disturbing blue light, but doing focused tasks at bedtime can also increase stress levels and impair sleep. Neither of those are ideal when you’re trying to unwind and catch some Zs.

Do yourself a favor and ditch the nighttime technology and read a book instead. It might help you sleep better and, by association, support a more balanced metabolism and a healthy weight. Remember: wellness is all connected!

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/even-one-bad-night-of-sleep-can-wreck-your-metabolism.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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