When you think about things that put your health at risk, you probably think about some obvious examples. Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, eating fast food, and not exercising regularly are at the top of the list, right? Well, even though it’s completely true, there are many other things you never thought can endanger your health as well. These are everyday things you don’t even think of as possible threats. So, keep on reading to find out more about five of them.
Sleeping over nine hours
Yes, we all know that not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to our health. But did you know that sleeping too much can cause potential health issues, as well? Even though it probably sounds a bit ridiculous to those of use who are on the other end of the spectrum, it seems that too much sleep can cause a list of health issues. Many of the concerns are related to age, especially in women over 45, but there are certain markers that apply to everyone. Diabetes and obesity for example seem to go hand in hand with oversleeping, even when other factors are taken into account. In addition, oversleeping disrupts normal levels of serotonin regulation, causing headaches in some people.
Typically if somebody is sleeping “too much” doctors look for what is causing the oversleeping, as exhaustion is a common symptom of many different illnesses. However, sleeping more than 9 hours a day raises the risk of chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and obesity, especially in adults age 45 and older. One study showed that getting too much sleep can be linked to poorer heart health in women after menopause. Mature women who sleep more than 9 hours a night have a 13% risk of developing heart disease within the next ten years.
Truth be told – both sleeping too much and too little can sabotage your overall health. To avoid that, be sure to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. This is likely to boost your productivity and improve your health. However, if you’re older than 65, you should try sleeping between seven and eight hours, not more than that. It’s essential for your optimal well-being!
Not cleaning your fridge regularly
Even though its benefits are more than obvious, many people don’t take cleaning their fridge seriously. Your refrigerator is a place where germs are highly likely to spread very quickly – especially if you completely neglect it. At least once a month do a proper clean out of your fridge and be sure to use an antibacterial soap to wipe it down. Leaving fruits and vegetables open in your fridge isn’t a good way to go, so do your best to store them properly. If you fail to do so, germs and bacteria can spread, weaken your immune system, and make you prone to different diseases.
Apart from fruit and veggies, fresh meat can also become a huge problem in your fridge. If you don’t plan to use it within the next day or two, be sure to put it in your freezer. This won’t allow it to go bad and develop a terrible smell in your fridge. Of course, once you notice that something went bad, throw it out immediately!
Too much physical activity
Physical activity helps you focus, boosts your mood and productivity, and helps you become more self-confident. We don’t even have to mention its numerous health benefits, right? However, too much physical activity can potentially endanger your health. This often happens to people who tend to work out every single day. The issue is two-fold. When they can’t squeeze a workout into their schedule, they can get extremely anxious and stressed out. Also though, too much physical activity exhausts your body and puts you at risk of getting injured.
Many people experience knee, foot, ankle, and lower back injuries due to frequent intense workouts. If that’s what you’re dealing with, you will likely need to look into some form of physiotherapy. Your doctor will be able to help you understand what is causing the issue and offer suggestions such as shockwave therapy. It can reduce pain, improve range of motion, and reduce muscle tightness with success. If that’s exactly what you need, give it a fair shot and try to adjust your workout schedule in the future. The best medicine of course is to prevent injury in the first place.
Sitting for too long
If you have a desk job, you certainly know that sitting all day long often ends up causing stiffness and can result in terrible back pain. And that isn’t all – sitting can also increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Some studies even show that sitting too much and with poor posture is similar to bad habits such as smoking and drinking. In fact, they say that people who sit too much are as likely to die early as people who drink or smoke too much!
Yes, it sounds extremely scary, but there are ways to make it better. Firstly, do your best to take a break as often as possible. Just get up from the chair and stretch a little bit. Walk around the office for a few minutes and you’ll see an instant improvement. Spend 15 minutes of your lunch hour doing a few stretches or go for a short walk. This can also help keep your energy level up for the last part of the day.
Another thing that can help with alleviating back pain and inhibiting the problems associated with poor posture, is to use a soft brace that holds your shoulders back or to use a posture positive chair or yoga ball at your desk. Also, don’t forget to be physically active out of work, too. It certainly helps, so give it a try and don’t give up!
Receiving kisses from your cat or dog
There are millions of pet owners who enjoy receiving kisses from their beloved pets, but guess what? This habit isn’t as innocent and harmless as it may seem. Yes, we know that it’s a sign of affection and love, but it can definitely have some unpredictable consequences. Even though it doesn’t happen too often, those wet smooches from your pet can result in a severe bacterial infection. One woman needed her hands and legs amputated after contracting an infection from dog kisses. She caught a bacterium that can spread through licks, bites, and scratches from pets when her puppy licked an open cut in her body. Of course, such cases are extremely rare, but they still happen. So, if you want to stay healthy, don’t let your pets lick your face. Or at least keep those kisses to a minimum!
As you can tell, there are some things that you may not have thought could be an issue… but are good to know. Then there are some really WEIRD things that can endanger your health more than you imagined. There are everyday things that don’t seem dangerous at all, but our bodies are complex, and we live in some pretty strange ways from where we started off… Regardless, here’s to your health and happiness! Be mindful of your lifestyle and aim for finding things that keep you at the top of your game… even if your game is Netflix and Chill.