Today, I wanted to share with you some information published in Consumer Reports (USA). In America, we sometimes say “The early bird gets the worm.” Here are some health-related activities you may wish to do in the morning.
- Visit the doctor: We physicians are more likely to be on-time in the morning. If you need a blood test that requires not eating or drinking (fasting), you will have less long a time that you need to go without oral intake.
- Schedule surgery: You may benefit from having a fresh surgery team. Earlier in the week seems better, too. Research suggests that the death rate in general is higher towards the end of the week and on weekends.
- Apply sunscreen: It can take 15 to 30 minutes for the sunscreen to be absorbed and help protect you against the rays of the sun. Put it on before you go out.
- Take certain medications: Ask your health care provider at what time during the day you should take your medications. Drugs for high blood pressure, for example, are often best taken in the morning (when blood pressure tends to go up). Asthma drugs, decongestants, and beta blockers are often best taken in the morning, so that they don’t interfere with restful sleep.
I’m Dr. Michael Hunter, and I thank you for letting me visit with you today.
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Reference: Consumer Reports, Dec 2013