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America's Biggest Health Threats (and How You Can Overcome Them)

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Health Risk #4: Your Alarm Clock

The Culprit: Your alarm clock. When life gets too busy, the first thing to go is pillow time. "But the sleepier you are, the more you'll eat, because your body thinks the extra calories will help it overcome the exhaustion," Dr. Peeke explains. Your willpower will also be weaker when you're tired, making you that much more likely to chow down and less likely to go out and exercise.

The Fix: Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye every night. "Sleep deprivation is just as bad for your body as smoking cigarettes or drinking heavily," Dr. Peeke says. "It also puts the aging process on fast-forward. The result? You'll not only develop wrinkles before your time, you also won't live as long as you would if you were well rested."

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