“MORE SLEEP / LESS STRESS”  (Say Hello to the ‘Bobbsey Twins’)

Hermine Hilton, Author & International Speaker, ‘America’s Memory Motivator’

Do you have a zit that’s just popped up— (and you’re over 40) ?

Is your skin itching…Are your eyelids twitching?

Is your libido lacking luster?

Is your mood swinging like a chandelier?

Well…Guess What!

You could be suffering from a lack of sleep or a mess of stress.

I often think of these two dis-functionary botherations as the ‘Bobbsey Twins’ .

That’s because the problems they cause are so often the same.

The two are intertwined :

Sleep problems cause stress and Stress causes sleep problems.

And both are abysmally destructive to our healthy and happy living.

While we all try to pay attention to diet and exercise when we think about our health, we often give little or no attention to the two most forgotten components on the way to happy life insurance.

More sleep and less stress.

So, with this article, I’d like to point out the reasons you should be attending to your sleep decline and your stress incline. Once you start thinking in this direction, paying some mind to these two verbs, and realize they could put you on the road to an early demise (oh yes- they surely could) perhaps you’ll attend to correcting their lack and stack.

(I’m talking to the general population as I realize there are always a few of you who seem to out-maneuver the statistics and survive regardless of them .So if you are one of those, skip this article and read another of mine. May I suggest “Posilosophy”

It has to do with your thinking.)  (search Hermine)

Lack Of Sleep

Let me start by informing you ‘lack of sleepers’ that 7 to 8 hours a night is the medical recommendation by doctors and medical journals everywhere and anything less than 6 hours is going to be a botheration and may surely put your health on the road to ruination.

Are you prone to getting colds and never missing the experience of flu with every season? That’s because lack of sleep slows down your immune system, which makes it difficult to fight off infection. However, a full nights sleep is your skin’s best friend.

It reduces recovery time from exposure to the sun, wind and free radicals.

Although we are, by way of common sense, aware that too little sleep can cause grogginess, lack of focus which affects our memory, and mood swings, it also affects our metabolism which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

And it also gives you a heightened risk of Heart Disease. The lack of shut-eye according to many medical studies increases your chance of heart disease by 48%, and, as a preface, offers a 20% higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

The public is not aware, I fear, that your chances of dying of heart disease doubles,

and studies show that less than 6 hours of sleep a night increases your chances of stroke by 4 times.  Lack of sleep can also invite the risk of diabetes because it decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Problems From Stress

Now that I’ve sufficiently scared you (I hope), into upping your sleep pattern, let’s digress to stress and its all too debilitating encumbrances:

Have you been yelping like a past dated dinosaur over a dropped date or aggravated yourself over a syringe size spill of milk? Well, much like too little sleep, too much stress also causes mood swings.

This ‘Bobbsey twin’ can also cause cardiovascular problems as well as intestinal and digestive problems. Have you noticed any belching, gas, or diarrhea lately? Just chalk it up to undue stress, which can also bring on ulcers and cause allergies. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to rid yourself of those? Well, reign in your anger and ignore minor annoyances and you just might.

Like too little sleep can lead to obesity, so can too much stress. Chronic stress can cause abdominal fat and make it difficult to trim down even with exercise. Because the body,

while trying to protect itself from stress, releases adrenaline and cortisol and makes you feel hungry for carbs and fat. It also causes muscle mass adding to your soft belly.

Do you grind your teeth at night? You can thank Sir Stress for that too. Grinding can also lead to damaged teeth, sore jaws and gums. It’s from the stress tensing.

(My grinding stopped when I got a divorce….but that’s another article.)

Stress can also cause panic attacks, acne outbreaks (worse than when you were thirteen)

muscle twitching, eye spasms, headaches (even migraines) and oh those painful backaches. And stress is bipartisan when it comes to the sexes because it can cause disruptive menstrual periods and, as if that weren’t enough, it can even cause infertility and erectile dysfunction.

So… attention…..and stomp it out before it stomps you out.

As that marvelous actor, the late Rod Steiger once told me,

“Don’t ya let ’em get ya baby!”

( and by the way, stress, which can cause hair loss by fooling with your follicles, can also cause you to go prematurely gray. I know that for a fact because when I was about nineteen and my mom was not yet fifty I was overseas with the USO in Korea, entertain- ing the troops.[Because of my sense of humor they called me ‘The Dancing Bob Hope’] One morning in Seoul, I was awakened by a red alert, and while waiting for it to subside, I wrote my mom a letter joking about it. The morning my mom got the letter was the same morning the newspaper back home in the U.S. had a headline that shouted about a revolution with mass devastation that had broken out in Seoul and my mom’s hair turned gray with worry overnite.)

Not An Option

Many of you suffering from stress try to allay it by turning to drugs and alcohol in order to cope. This may help you forget your problems for a brief moment but when the high wears off, the problem is still there.

And many of you suffering from sleep deprivation will turn to medication and sleeping pills. This can cause you to lose even more sleep because they become addictive. You may build a tolerance to them after a short while making them less effective or not effective at all.

So my advice to you would be to alert yourselves to the importance of more sleep and less stress. Learn as much as you can. Read the medical reports, do a Google search, talk to your Doctor. Don’t worry yourself into sleeplessness. The more you worry, the less you’ll sleep. And don’t anger yourself into stressfulness – Don’t get your dander up.

Instead, calm yourself down and get ready to enjoy a long tomorrow.


The Lady On The Mountain