By Dr. David Friedman
To remain active as you age, you need to sleep more! That sounds like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense. Sleep is your body’s way of decompressing and rejuvenating. Similar to turning off your car at night to avoid overheating the engine and battery drain, your body also needs to turn off at night. But the truth is, we are a sleep-deprived nation, and this plays a significant role in our aging process. Lack of sleep strongly correlates with an increase in heart disease and a decrease of our immune system. Lack of sleep also makes us age quicker and gain more weight because it encourages us to overeat. Research from the National Sleep Foundation found 70 percent of American adults are sleep deprived, or average less than six hours of sleep per night. Sleeping less than eight hours on any given day can lead to, among other things, a weakening of our cognitive processes (i.e. we lose our mind!)….