• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: 6 tips for better sleep

February 25, 2019

a young woman sitting on a bed in pajamas, smiling and stretching, waking up from a good night's sleepTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Sleep: 6 tips for a better night's rest
Sleep plays a crucial role in your health, energy level and ability to function at your best. Most adults require seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel well-rested and energized. From setting a sleep schedule to paying attention to what you eat and drink, try these six tips for a good night's rest.

Boiling down the dietary guidelines
In an environment that promotes high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods and a sedentary lifestyle, too many Americans are regularly eating too many calories. The result: the obesity epidemic and related health problems, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that a healthier diet and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Here are the five recommendations in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Vitamin D and MS: Is there any connection?
Research has shown that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D may have a protective effect and lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that vitamin D may benefit people who already have MS. Learn more from Dr. Iris Marin Collazo, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

What kind of doctor is a D.O.?
You probably know what M.D. means, but what about D.O.? Does a D.O. have the same training as an M.D.? Discover the differences and similarities between these two types of doctors from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Congenital heart disease in adults
Stretching: Focus on flexibility
Rheumatoid factor
Burning mouth syndrome

HEALTHY RECIPES
Strawberry banana milkshake
Minestrone soup
Smoky bean and mushroom cornucopias
Warm chocolate souffles

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Whole grains for a healthy heart
Whole grains are good sources of fiber. Better yet, nutrients found in whole grains promote heart health. To increase the amount of whole grains in your diet, try these simple substitutions:

  1. Choose breads made from 100 percent whole grain instead of those made from refined white flour.
  2. Select brown rice instead of white rice.
  3. Trade sugar-sweetened cereals for whole-grain cereals, such as whole-wheat bran flakes, shredded wheat or oatmeal.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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