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WIN 2014

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H E A L T H C E N T R A L N E W S Waiting for sleep E xercise is an often-cited remedy for sleep problems, but the effect isn't immediate, says Kelly Glazer Baron, a sleep expert at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In fact, it can take about 16 weeks of regular aerobic exercise for women with insomnia to see improvement, according to her research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. People with existing sleep problems have a heightened level of brain activity, which takes time to adjust, says Baron, who studied middle-aged and older female volunteers who suffer from insomnia. Her research is different from other studies on the daily effects of exercise and sleep, which used healthy sleepers as volunteers. It can be hard to summon the energy for exercise when you don't get enough sleep, but Baron recommends persistence and patience until you get results. • Partners in pain The news may come as no surprise to you if you're a workaholic or married to one: It's not a healthy lifestyle. Workaholics, defined by researchers as working more than 50 hours a week, are more likely to skip meals and have reduced mental well-being, reports a recent study in Financial Services Review, a journal of individual financial management. But the prospect of diminished health may not be enough to deter a determined workaholic. If you place a value on the time you spend earning money and think that time away from work is costing you cash, you may continue to push yourself even if it's taking a toll, say researchers. • Leggings with pizazz SHUTTERSTOCK Diagnosis: Workaholic Cancer and marriage Wearing comfortable, flattering and fun leggings can be a great motivator to exercise even on days when you don't feel like it. For a fashionable alternative to your regular workout gear, try Lyssé tummy-controlling cotton-spandex leggings in a variety of lengths. The high-waist design eliminates "muffin top," and the four-way stretch accommodates all your moves. Plus, they're perfect under a dress or tunic on non-gym days. For more information, go to www.lysse.com. • Being married provides a significant longevity benefit for cancer patients, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Compared with unmarried patients, those with spouses live markedly longer, are more likely to be diagnosed with earlier-stage disease and are much more likely to receive the appropriate therapy. Marriage probably improves outcomes by offering increased social support, including help making decisions and developing coping strategies, say researchers who assessed data from the National Cancer Institute. • When your spouse experiences chronic pain, your own sleep could suffer, suggests research published in the journal PAIN. In an experiment, researchers recruited more than 100 people who were at least 50 years old and suffered from knee osteoarthritis, along with their spouses or significant others who shared a residence. The study found that on nights when one person reported greater knee pain, his or her partner experienced poorer sleep quality. The scientists also discovered that the partner without pain had more trouble getting refreshing sleep if both partners reported that they had a close relationship. Why one person's pain affects his or her partner's sleep isn't known yet, say researchers. • w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m W I N T E R 2 014 SPI RIT O F WOM EN 5

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