In the News: Sleep Specialist Determines the Key Factor in Improved Sleep, Ten Breakfast Cereals Proven Healthy, Five Preventable Conditions Shorten Lives

Sleep specialist determines the key factor in improved sleep. Neurologist and sleep medicine specialist W. Christ Winter, MD, has discovered what it takes to improve your sleep routine. All it takes is setting your alarm for the exact same time daily, regardless of what time you go to sleep the night before. Sticking to a predictable wake-up schedule can actually train your brain to shut down with some level of consistency. He also adds, the concept of a good or bad wake up time isn’t real. If you function better as a night owl or you are more efficient as an early riser, he recommends sticking to your routine instead of trying to fit into a specific mold. Want to sleep better? Try these five steps. (HEALTH)

Ten breakfast cereals have been given a nutritionist’s approval. While breakfast cereals have taking a turn for the worst in terms of popularity lately — due to health reasons and trendier options taking their place — nutritionist Charles Mueller has rounded up 10 cereals that get an A grade in terms of nutrition and taste. Some of the top picks include Nature’s Path Qi-a! Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal Barbara’s Bakery Shredded Wheat, Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal, and Fiber One. Check out these other Oz-approved breakfasts for some healthy inspiration. (HUFFPO)

Five preventable conditions found to shorten lives. According to researchers, there are five conditions that are entirely avoidable which can otherwise cut your life short. Obesity is the leading cause of premature death – linked with 47% more years lost than tobacco, which is another condition on the list, along with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These results underscore the of managing diabetes properly, eating healthy, and losing weight. If you are currently living with diabetes, find out four easy ways to take control of your condition here. (WEBMD)