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February 25th, 2011
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  1. Bill

    Here we go again another health rule that is supposed to apply to everyone.

    Everyone's cholesterol is supposed to be in the same range, everyone is supposed to fit within the body mass index, take fish oil, Vitamin D, C, E. A, eat a handful of nuts everyday, drink coffee/don't drink coffee; exercise but not too much, stay hydrated etc etc etc.

    I have been so worried about not following these that is its ruining my health.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jdizzle1337

      Your post is an informal fallacy called "straw man argument", you are exaggerating sound advice and making it sound extreme and detrimental, most likely to direct attention away from your own laziness. Most of what you complained about results naturally from eating healthy and exercising; its not an exhaustive list that you have to worry about keeping track of.

      February 26, 2011 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • Taminem

      Thats not a straw-man fallacy... thats a slippery slope fallacy...

      February 26, 2011 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      My belief these health rules should not apply to everyone is based on generalized probability theory. You find something to be true for a small group of people and generalize it to the entire population based on the probability that the small sample from which you drew your conclusions is a random sample of the larger population.

      And your assumption jdizzle1337, that I am lazy is based on pure ignorance on your part and has zero credibility. You completely fabricated piece of data and presented it as something that is true.

      February 26, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
    • yoyoshamama

      wow, okay listen or not to listen. Some doctors are scuffs others tell the truth. Listen what makes sense, ignore what doesn't BUT even though it makes sense still be wary!
      "Would you like to buy this pill? It makes weight lose easy Because,hydrochloric acid will disintegrates the fat you eat, but leaves nutrition and such. Only 3% of the fat in a Snickers bar will be absorbed! Suggested by Oprah Magazine and its doctor, Doctor Oz!"
      How about it? Only $15 a bottle!

      February 26, 2011 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • mama panda

      Right on, brother!

      February 26, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Excuses...

      February 26, 2011 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
    • Charly

      It's YOUR health, not mine or anyone elses. Let your cholesterol go as high as you like and your BMI go >40. I could care less. Just don't try to use my tax money to pay for your healthcare if you "can't afford" it.

      February 26, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Actually, I agree with Bill and he basically owned you guys in this argument. Fact is, everyone is different. There is usually a reason why something tastes good to one person and not to someone else. The major is probably due to one person needing a certain vitamin or mineral in that. Just like there is a reason why sugar tastes good...because it's energy. Or why sleep feels good...because we need it. I could go on. In the end, it's all about moderation and knowing what is good for "you".

      February 26, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse |
    • daina

      You do have a cogent point; all these 'sleep' studies provided are recommendations based upon the premise that we ALL work 8 hour day shift with no responsibilities other than leaving work, going to gym, preparing the perfect 2 minute dinner followed up with a spot of tea.

      February 26, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse |
    • RAJ

      I agree with Bill-Bill sounds alot smarter than the mean-spirited people commenting.

      February 27, 2011 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    A nice 15 minute power nap around noon. To bad many employers yell at their employees for napping during their lunch breaks, they want them focused on the job 16 hours a day.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      Generally the folks falling asleep for 15 minutes at noon aren't much more alert the rest of the day.

      February 26, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
  3. stupididea

    No one lives forever-I enjoy my life as much as possible every day and that does not include stressing out over what I eat, smoke or excercise-The guy who actually wrote the book about jogging back in the 70's died young, I believe he was 55, just goes to show...

    February 26, 2011 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • EPOhio

      Bill Bowerman was the University of Oregon track coach and co-founder of Nike who published 'Jogging' in 1966. He did not die in his 50's. He was 88. Just goes to show....you have no idea what you are talking about.

      February 26, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      But if he didn't jog, he might have dies at 35....a lot of factors go into play in how long and healthily you live. I see so many people in the hospital every day who don't exercise, eat junk food, smoke, and "enjoy their life as much as possible" who are now confined to wheelchairs and have oxygen tanks at home. You don't have to go to the extreme to be healthy, but use some common sense! I enjoy my life very much. I don't smoke, avoid junk food and exercise regularly and I can't say this has made my life any less enjoyable...in fact, I enjoy it more because I know that I will live a much better life than if I did do these things that are known to be detrimental to my health.

      February 26, 2011 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
    • Frank P

      He was 88, but looked 55. Just goes to show...

      February 26, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • William

      Each person is Divinely granted a finite period of time on this ball. The Word of God says (Psalm 90:10) on average, man is engineered to live "three score" (60 years) "...and ten" (70 years total) and for the strong, "fourscore years" (80).

      But beaware: We're talking about the AVERGE AGE of man on this ball not the age of EVERY man!

      Ergo, for every person living to be 85 someone is due to die at 55.

      So count me a bit nonplussed when this past birthday (65) I happened to have an appointment to viisit my atrociously-young Doctor when small talk turned to discussion of my 65th birthday prompting the Birthday Boy to lament something or the other about having only reached 65 after all this time and living this life depressingly-accurately described by Author Thomas Hobbes as "Solitary. Poor. Nasty. Brutish. And short."

      My Doc's response nearly did me in (which at first I refused to believe but which some digging confirmed to the "T"): Said he, "At 65 do you realize you have already outlived about 50 percent or nearly one-half those kids with whom you shared the 1st Grade?"

      "No way!", countered Birthday Boy, "No way!"

      Yes. Research indicated approximately 48 percent of my fellow first graders had either died of natural causes or been killed.

      To any mathematicians out there: What will it be when and if I live to 80??

      February 26, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Suzi

      The guy he is referring to is Jim Fox Complete Book of Running born 1932 died 1984.

      February 27, 2011 at 00:14 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Jim Fix – died running in Central Park when he was 45

      February 27, 2011 at 01:45 | Report abuse |
    • Uhhh

      David: His last name was spelled Fixx and he was 52 when he died died in Hardwick, VT . . . but other than that, you're exactly right! (Maybe you were referring to another guy whose name really was Jim Fix, with one x?)

      February 27, 2011 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
  4. jdizzle1337

    No the best tip to help you fall asleep is physical exertion. I see a lot of people that sit around at work or school all day then come home and sit around and watch TV all night, then wonder why they cant sleep. 1-2hrs of hard physical exertion (that means cardio AND weight training) in the afternoon or late evening 4-5 days per week is all that is needed to get good rest. Our bodies automatically "shut off" to repair and rebuild themselves once energy and endorphins have been depleted and muscles have been broken down, its automatic and it doesnt require a pill, relaxing fragrances, or sounds of nature.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Edward

    That is so true, there's no better sleep that resting after a nice long workout.

    February 26, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. lordap

    I believe stupididea is talking about Jim Fixx, who died when he was 52.

    February 26, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. booboo

    What about Jim Fixx

    February 26, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. booboo

    People from Ohio think they know everything....

    February 26, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Elvin

    ONe of the worst quizes so far. What the hell did half of these questions have to do with how much sleep is too much sleep.

    February 26, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. BIll

    Been going on 3-5 hours/night for over 20 years....feel fine, tired sometimes, but nothing some additional coffee can't fix. We have a limited amount of time to be alive, why waste it sleeping.

    February 26, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. loyal

    Let's get back on track. The best tip to help you fall asleep: Saying your prayers. just goes to show...:)

    February 26, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Thomas in Vancouver

    A shot or two of NyQuil and you'll be in a coma in minutes.

    Ahhhhh, NyQuil......you'll always be my friend.....

    February 26, 2011 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. meh

    1 minute is too long for a nap. I hate naps. Waste of time.

    February 26, 2011 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BrightBetty

    Actually, any pregnant woman will tell you the hormones of pregnancy, or drugs to help fertility can effect eyesight. It's the increase in progesterone that will cause your vision to get blurry.

    February 26, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. read and learn

    it's all about the genes.

    you can drink whiski and smoke like a chimney
    if you have good genes you will llive long, if you have hart problems in your family, all the exercise and health food wouldn't help

    February 26, 2011 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hobbs

      Maybe learn to use spell check dude....

      February 26, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
  16. john

    allow two hours, one to wind down and one to crash and you will be up well past midnight feeling good!

    February 26, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mike

    Reading these posts is making me sleepy...

    February 26, 2011 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Diana

    Meh I work out 3-4 times a week doing cardio and weights and I still have problems falling and staying asleep.... And I love sleep! Not fair.

    February 26, 2011 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. vaffanculo

    either bang someone, rub one out or get drunk. works for me

    February 26, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • graceonfire

      Yes, it works for you, AND my husband swears by those three things as well. Must be a guy thing, since those same three things keep me wide awake all night long. Go figure!

      February 26, 2011 at 19:54 | Report abuse |
    • deborah

      if you take a nap you can start all over again and do it twice! i'm just sayin.....

      February 26, 2011 at 20:16 | Report abuse |
  20. Pedro

    Diana, that's because you don't work out hard enough. Just going to the gym and jogging for twenty minutes on a treadmill is not a workout. SoundGuy is right. If you work out hard enough, you'll always be tired enough to go to sleep. But I'm sure you're a lovely person.

    February 26, 2011 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. rerun

    2 hours of weight training and cardio...... great way to fry your central nervous system and overtrain your muscles. Brilliant advice.

    February 26, 2011 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Indy

    I always get a kick out of many freinds that think they are living healthy. I truly believe that the biggest problem with obesity and lack of energy is what we eat and most people have no clue what is really healthy when it comes to food. If you are buying more then 20% of your total groceries at a supermarket you are not eating helathy food. There is very little food available in a typical grocery store that is not processed or saturated in pesticides. As far as the naps go, it is whatever works for each person and I am one that cannot sleep after vigirous excercise.

    February 26, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • deborah

      believe what you want. but i like naps.

      February 26, 2011 at 20:16 | Report abuse |
  23. steve craig

    Hey geniuses, here's the guy they was talking about. Guess you were working out and couldn't follow current events!

    James Fuller Fixx (April 23, 1932–July 20, 1984) was the author of the 1977 best-selling book, The Complete Book of Running. Best known as Jim Fixx, he is credited with helping start America's fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging.

    February 26, 2011 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ACL

      Jim Fixx dropped dead from a heart attack at the age of only 52. His body was clogged with cholesterol. He advocated that you could eat anything you wanted as long as you ran and burned it off. There's a big difference between being thin and being healthy.

      February 27, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
  24. deborah

    i like naps. i don't care what anyone says about them. we each have our own thing. and i like naps. they refresh me. so take that all you people who think you are better than the next poster and yet you still can't seem to stay on track with the conversation. we are not all the same, deal with it. i like naps.

    February 26, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. martin

    If you are happy with yourself and are honest with yourself...you will sleep just fine.

    February 26, 2011 at 20:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. bob m

    I fat spliff works for me

    February 26, 2011 at 20:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Brian

    Why does this guy get so much press, he's a quiiter

    February 26, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. The Truth

    Snort an OC 80 MG and a pint of vodka!!! Works like a charm!

    February 26, 2011 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. daina

    Genetics! Always been blessed with the ability to fall asleep instantly & sleep like a rock (excepting the longest 6 years of my life working 7pm to 7:30 am 2000-2006) Those who have the luxury of the daily 2 hour workouts at a gym don't do shift work...the 9-5ers have all the answers.

    February 26, 2011 at 22:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Shae

    Everyone's body is different. Take mine, I've hit REM twice in my life, I was have very very very extreme idiopathic insomnia(1/75,000,000). I am a member of "NORD", Nations Organization Rare Diseases". I have been 27 International Studies since I was 3 years old. The original Trazadone, Serquel, Ambien, Dreamcal, Xyreme, Lunesta, Aoo12.

    Sleep is not one that you can put in a box, but there are things you can do to help. Lower your body temperature in the bed room, use extra cover on your feet, White noise machines, getting pets out of the room, take a mild muscle relaxer. When you lay day down, see the light that your cornia are winding down, and drift. Don't read in bed, Don't eat in bed...Bed is for sleep. This comes from a person who sleeps once every 5-7 days, and many times has to have sleep induced.

    February 26, 2011 at 22:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Helmut Scheiss

    They both suck?

    February 26, 2011 at 23:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. jim

    sign of America's state: Articles about how long your nap should be. It can't be as bad as politicians make it out to be if this is a problem for people.

    February 27, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. ACL

    Working out hard late at night actually interferes with sleep because of the heat your cells are generating. Sleep doesn't occur until your body temperature drops a degree or two below average. It's best to exercise no less than two hours before bedtime and give your body time to cool down thoroughly.

    February 27, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. pedro numero dos

    Pedro numero uno, your a strange character. TV, video games, eating late night, working out late night is what you dont want to do.. memorizing quran, thikr, praying, theres a dua to help you sleep as well.

    February 27, 2011 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Theosophia

    Hi Diane and people who can't sleep. I recommend avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup. I used to swim 6 days a week every afternoon in highschool and afterwards we would work-out, run, or climb stairs (and nobody better tell me it wasn't intense enough!) And yet I never could sleep at night until I cut high fructose corn syrup out of my diet. I did a lot of experimenation and pretty much pinpointed it at that one chemical.

    Its difficult to avoid, but well worth it if you can.

    February 27, 2011 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Matt

    I also stopped consuming anything with high fructose corn syrup and I can't believe the difference in the way I feel. I sleep better and feel better. Also, I like to think of myself as a cave man. Really, we are all cave men and women. Our minds have evolved but our bodies haven't. Our bodies cannot keep up with the pace of technology and the sudden ease of life that has come about in the last 60 years. Cave man ran around and chased mammoth and did hard manual labor all day long. He didn't count calories, lift weights or any nonsense like that. He was physically active. He didn't consume foods and beverages that were laden with chemicals and things like high fructose corn syrup. So, ask yourself, what would cave man do?

    February 27, 2011 at 03:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sandy

    Sounds of nature do work well. I'd also like to recommend Garrison Keillor's News From Lake Woebegone monologues. His voice is so soothing that if you are at all drowsy you'll drift right off. (Benadryl works well here if necessary.) It's the grown-up equivalent of someone reading you a story before you go to sleep. (Ironically the same cd will keep you awake if you listen while driving or if you are otherwise alert, because you'll respond to the plot rather than his voice.)

    February 27, 2011 at 04:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Actually

    anything over 20 min is too long for a nap, otherwise your body releases a chemical that supreses your muscles so that your brain can go into rem sleep and your body won't physically react to the stimuli of your dreams (this is why we can have dreams about walking into work in our underwear, but in reality we haven't even moved.) Unfortunately, we don't complete a rem cycle until after 20min but not before 1.5hrs, so If you wake up at 40min or 60min your waking up in the middle of your deepest sleep AND you have to work harder to fight off the chemicle groggy-ness. :)

    February 27, 2011 at 05:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Eric

    Exercise and maximum moderate amounts of coffein (no later than 5 hours before bedtime), not too much food too close to bedtime, have $ex, then silence and a comfortable bed. That should give most people a good nights sleep. Problem is that a lot of people don't have all of these ingredients at their will.

    February 27, 2011 at 05:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Ricstir

    best thing for sleep help is Melatonin

    February 27, 2011 at 05:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Ricstir

    best thing for sleep help is Melatonin, i am a graveyard shift worker and beleive me, this stuff is da bomb!

    February 27, 2011 at 05:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. DonnaVT

    Yet at age 52, Fixx collapsed while running on a tree-shaded road in Vermont. He was found lying beside the road, dead of a heart attack. The date was July 20, 1984.

    Sheesh people learn his name and when/how he died

    February 27, 2011 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Trevor

    Took the quiz, how is knowing how Rahm Emanual lost part of his finger health news?

    February 27, 2011 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. victor wolins

    People should eat much vegetables and fruit all year round, less as possible meat, sugar, alkohol and they'll be healthy to my mind.

    February 27, 2011 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Vera

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    February 27, 2011 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Claud Ypina

    Sleep help can be in the form of pills like melatonin and l-tryptophan. I often find it better to take the two capsules simultaneously. .:';,

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  47. Eric Sermons

    sleep help should be given as soon as possible to a person who have sleep disorder because sleep problems can cause other serious health problems. .

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