Lifestyle

Lifestyle

A man's best friend could also be your heart's best friend?
Did you know having a canine companion may help lower your risk of heart disease? It is the thought that dog owners live longer than those who don’t own dogs as their pets naturally cause them to become more active. Along with a physical benefit, dogs are thought to have positive emotional benefits on their owners. Read more on why Fido keeps your heart healthy, here!
 
Get plenty of shut-eye
Sleep...we all love it, but many of us do not get enough of it. Adults, depending on your age should get seven or more hours of sleep each night for optimal health. If you get insufficient sleep (less than seven hours daily) you are at an increased risk for a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity and depression.
 
Tips for better sleep
  • Consistently go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Even on the weekends!
  • Ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark and relaxing.
  • Remove electronic devices from the bedroom.
  • Avoid eating food, and drinking caffeine and alcohol before bedGet moving! Being active during the day can help you fall asleep easier at night.
  • Learn more about sleep hygiene and sleep disorders.
 
Create space for “bro-time”
  • Did you know spending time with good friends is good for your overall health? Friends provide support for you during times of celebration and even in harder times. Grab your best bros, fit in some laughs, and get healthy! Read up on more ways your friends benefit your life.

Be sure to consult your primary care provider for any questions related to major lifestyle changes or to create a baseline for your health to measure the impact of your new activities. Call (406) 751-4176 if you want help finding a KRH primary care provider.