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Dream On: Why sleep is critical for good health

By Sarah Markel, Northern Virginia Magazine | February, 2017

“The relationship between lack of sleep and obesity can be something of a vicious cycle. While many factors like diet, lifestyle and genetics can contribute to the condition, lack of sleep can also cause blood pressure to rise. This is especially true for people who have sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.”
Lawrence Stein, MD, Medical Director, Sleep Lab at Virginia Hospital Center.

“The harmful effects of inadequate sleep appear to be cumulative. The short-term effects add up over time to increase the chance of developing heart failure, heart attack and stroke. When it comes to sleep deprivation, the best intervention is prevention. Even in the short term, that constant state of arousal increases inflammatory markers that can cause problems like high blood pressure. Chronic sleep deprivation can make it harder for people who already have hypertension to control the condition. Over time this can add up to major problems. If you have uncontrolled pressure, you have higher risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure.”
R. Preston Perrin, MD, Medical Director, Cardiology at Virginia Hospital Center.

“One of the most effective sleep hygiene practices is to create a series of bedtime rituals. Drop physical hints to yourself that it’s bedtime about an hour before sleep. When your body perceives that change, it gets ready for sleep. It is important to follow this routine at the same time every night. The pattern of habit gets you into sleep mode.”
Emily Caster, PsD, Director of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at Virginia Hospital Center.

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Yes, it’s possible to dine out and eat a healthful meal. Here’s how.

By Becky Krystal, Washington Post | January 12, 2017

“It’s one thing to think, ‘I’m going to get something that’s a little healthier,’” but it can be another to actually do it once you start seeing and smelling all the tempting food, said Betsy Crisafulli, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. Read more

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Top DoctorsCongratulations our doctors for being named in Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazines’ 2017 TOP DOCTORS!

Richard P. Perrin, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director, Cardiology Services featured in the Northern Virginia Magazine’s (cover) 2017 Top Doctors issue.

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