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How Healthy Are You? 10 Easy Self-Checks

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

6. Sleep evaluation

Chronic sleep deprivation contributes to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, among other health hazards. Use the Stanford Sleepiness Scale below to evaluate how you feel throughout the day. Check at around 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., when people are usually most alert, as well as at several other points during the day, including right after breakfast and lunch and while you're driving.

Degree of sleepiness rating

  1. Feeling active, vital, alert, or wide awake
  2. Functioning at high levels but not at peak; able to concentrate
  3. Awake but relaxed; responsive but not fully alert
  4. Somewhat foggy
  5. Foggy; losing interest in remaining awake; moving slowly
  6. Sleepy, woozy, fighting sleep; prefer to lie down
  7. About to fall asleep; having dreamlike thoughts

Usually > 3 = Poor
Usually < 3 = Good

Health Rx

Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep at the same time every night. Designate your bed for only sleep and sex -- no iPads, no eating, no television -- avoid caffeinated beverages after 2 p.m. and limit alcohol. If you're still feeling groggy during the day, consult your doctor; you may have sleep apnea.

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veronicavanderwel wrote:

By "waist" don't you mean natural waist??? which is the smaller part around your middle not the larger part of your belly? Because 35 inches for a belly area isn't that big depending on your height┐..???

2/18/2014 10:12:49 PM Report Abuse
guillermoginorio wrote:

It is very good to alert people of his health condition.

10/6/2012 12:45:34 PM Report Abuse
goe1 wrote:

Suggest showing a picture of an earlobe crease & no crease.

7/30/2012 02:34:23 PM Report Abuse
kingsservant11 wrote:

Inspired by the information. However in the "Can You Think Fast" section under the visual acuity test, the letter "M" is missing. The number 13 is there but no "M". Was this a deliberate omission or did someone not realize it was missing before publication?

7/21/2012 12:52:24 PM Report Abuse
gretelpacific1 wrote:

Patrick, I understand where you are coming from, but there is Men's Fitness magazine that specifically focuses on men.

7/19/2012 09:51:02 PM Report Abuse

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