A Doctor's Best Advice for How to Live Better, Longer
Ian Allen for Self
We get it: The pursuit of a life full of health and happiness is a good pursuit, indeed. And don't get us wrong, we love us a superfood as much as the next person. But, with all of the so-called science floating around regarding how to achieve such things, we have to say it's refreshing to hear a few down-to-earth action items.
On a recent visit to CNBC, leading oncologist Dr. David Agus shared his best advice for people hoping to not only live longer lives, but hoping to live quality lives. Read his top takeaways below.
Get quality sleep. The importance of a good night's sleep is well-documented. Still, many of us struggle. Though eight hours is the goal, it's really more important that whatever sleep you do get is quality sleep—uninterrupted REM-cycle sleep, most crucially. So splurge on that white noise machine, pop in your earplugs, and draw the blinds. If you still have trouble, read this article on improving your sleep hygiene.
Adopt a routine. Dr. Agus underscored the importance of sticking to a relatively strict schedule when it comes to your sleep. "No matter how short it is, get up and go to bed at the same time. Your body strives for that regularity," he shared.
But inject newness and seek challenges. When it comes to tucking in, you'll want to be totally boring and predictable. But as for your day-to-day life, mix it up! Our brains crave newness, and challenges help keep us sharp. Dr. Agus cited a recent study which found that for every year you delay retirement, you reduce your risk of Alzheimer's by 3%. So keep up the hard work, and never lose your curiosity for learning.
Practice moderation. Diet is one of the most common considerations for living a healthy life. And though it's certainly true that eating smart is good for you, it's really more about moderation than it is about never eating another carb again. Try to think of eating healthy as a practice of moderation rather than deprivation.
Inspired? Keep reading for more simple ways to be healthier every day.
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