More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million Americans report occasional sleeping problems based on data from the National Institutes of Health. Bad sleeping habits can lead to an increase in your anxiety, high blood pressure, and a variety of conditions that can put you at risk for chronic diseases. Having poor sleeping habits is a bad habit.
Bad habits are choices that hurt your physical or mental health. Overeating, smoking, and substance abuse can cause heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Having healthy habits can increase your lifespan, boost your energy, and improve your memory.
Chronic diseases — such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease — are the leading causes of death and disability. The United States spends $4 trillion (around $12,000 per person) annually on healthcare, and more than 75% went to treating the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Fortunately, Harvard School of Public Health, and Stanford Center on Longevity’s evidence-based research proved that building healthy lifestyle habits can prevent chronic disease, extend longevity, and improve quality of life.
The Liu Charitable Foundation thus devoted the charitable Lively Habits App and a series of Lively Habits Video intended to educate, motivate, and condition personal behavior change by integrating 10 evidence-based lifestyle habits to benefit public health for a low-cost and low-maintenance healthy life. Download the Lively Habits app to help you keep track of your 10 healthy lifestyle habits. Go Lively!