From the March 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times, here is Dr. Fuhrman’s fifth secret to longevity:
Adequate sleep is a necessary component of good health. Our modern society stays up late into the night and wakes in the morning to an alarm clock—long before sleep requirements have been fulfilled. To make matters worse, most Americans partake in stimulating substances—such as caffeine and sugar—to remain artificially alert during the day.
During sleep, your body removes the buildup of waste in the brain. Sufficient sleep is necessary for the normal function of your nervous and endocrine systems. Most civilizations in human history recognized the value of mid-afternoon naps. The desire for a rest, short sleep, or “siesta” after lunch should not be seen as an abnormal need, but rather a normal one. People who “cover up” their lack of sleep by using drugs (such as caffeine) as food and/or food (such as highly processed, sugary foods) as drugs sometimes claim (even boast) that they can get by with very little sleep. As you begin to live more healthfully, you may quickly recognize that you need more sleep than you previously thought.
We need to avoid stimulants in order to be in touch with our body’s need for sleep, and only by meeting these needs can we maximize the body’s tremendous capacity for ongoing repair and regeneration of cells.
Here's more from this DiseaseProof miniseries:
- Intro: Seven Secrets of Longevity
- Secret 1: Eat Fewer Calories and Live Longer
- Secret 2: Prevent Deficiencies with Plant-Based Nutrition
- Secret 3: Regular Exercise Pays Big Health Dividends
- Secret 4: Avoid Toxins, Including Medication
- Secret 6: An Emotionally Satisfying Environment is Vital
- Secret 7: Fast When You are Under the Weather
- Seven Secrets of Longevity: In Conclusion