Fitness, Health and Social Media Medicine Expert Dr. Veronica Anderson Publishes New Article Unpacking Recent Findings Linking Sleep Length and Quality With Hypertension

Dr. Veronica Anderson, Founder and Host of web radio talk show, Wellness for the Real World, a weekly resource for wellness of mind, body and spirit, discusses the negative impacts on heart health resulting from poor sleep.

NEW YORK, NY – September 20, 2011Dr. Veronica Anderson, Founder and Host of health and wellness web radio talk show, Wellness for the Real World, recently published an article on her website that adds hypertension to the list of ailments caused from sleep depravation. The article, titled “Your Mom Was Right: Sleep 8 Hours” shows that people who do not get a full 8 hours of quality sleep at night, do not enter into the restorative phase of sleep.

Dr. Anderson writes, “You remember when your Mom told you that you should at least be sleeping 8 hours every night? She was right! Getting enough sleep is crucial to wellness because of the restoration that happens at certain levels of sleep depth. Recently, studies show that if someone consistently neglects to get in a full night’s rest, they will experience a decline in their heart health due to an increase in their blood pressure. Forget the annoyances of feeling groggy and slow after a short night’s sleep – these consequences are serious and lasting.”

“So, what can you do to ensure optimal length of night time rest? Sleep medicine experts at Harvard advise us to keep a consistent daily sleep schedule, get tested for sleep apnea, and avoid tobacco and alcohol before bedtime. Of course, you should also avoid caffeine drinks like coffee, tea and soda at night and even in the afternoon. Ensure your bedroom lighting is very dark. Even be selective of your foods. suggests a “snooze-friendly combination of protein and tryptophan, an amino acid that converts sleep-promoting serotonin in the body” will do the trick. Their suggestions? A small bowl of cottage cheese with banana slices, or yogurt mixed with cereal,” reports Dr. Anderson.

Wellness for the Real World features information on developing a healthy and fit mind, body and spirit in today’s dynamic society. Dr. Anderson adds her easily understandable, fun-infused voice to the broad-audience discussion on today’s most popular medicines, alternative treatments, health policies and opinions of wellness – so that her listeners can benefit from truly vigorous life in the real world today.

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About Wellness for the Real World:

Learn about wellness for your mind, body and spirit on Dr. Veronica Anderson’s weekly broadcasted radio interview program. Each weekly radio show showcases current issues with timely guest interviews. Dr. Veronica draws from her education and experiences to unpack complicated medical details, analyze health reports and share her thoughts on today’s issues with her listeners in three recurring categories: Food of the Week, Fits You To A “Tea”, and The Veronica Report, a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on Corporate America and how they are watching out for our wellbeing.

About Dr. Veronica Anderson:

Dr. Veronica has become known by many for her intellectual and passionate commentary on today’s most popular and debated health perspectives. In addition to her regular radio talk show, Veronica’s upbeat and outspoken perspectives on healthy living have been featured on TV talk shows including Our World with Neil Cavuto (Fox News Channel), and Live with Adam Carolla (syndicated). In addition, radio hosts coast to coast have seen their lines light up as listeners clamor to hear more of Veronica’s straight-forward, pull-no-punches philosophy. She also serves as Host and Guide for Medicine Woman, Modern World, a healthy living travel adventure series for the web.

Determined to become a doctor at age four, Dr. Veronica completed pre-med at Princeton University, received her MD with honors after internship and residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and New York’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where she received a fellowship in glaucoma. She has practiced at Robert Wood Johnson, Philadelphia’s Wills Eye Hospital, and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Veronica Anderson holds a black belt in taekwondo and has completed two marathons.

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