America's Healthiest Pleasures: 10 vices that are actually good for you

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Getting your zzz’s-
Pillow time gives you energy, bolsters your immune system, boosts your memory, and even helps you get (or stay) slim. Cut slumber short, and you’ll ... more 
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Getting your zzz’s-
Pillow time gives you energy, bolsters your immune system, boosts your memory, and even helps you get (or stay) slim. Cut slumber short, and you’ll increase your risk for anxiety and depression. “Lack of sleep has also been associated with hypertension, glucose intolerance, and belly fatâ€"all risk factors for heart disease,” says judge Nieca Goldberg, MD.

Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night, the amount that studies show is ideal. If you’re up-and-at-’em on less, don’t sweat it: Some people are just wired that way, Dr. Goldberg says. But if you have trouble falling or staying asleep, or can’t seem to drag yourself out of bed on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about possible underlying causes, such as anxiety or sleep apnea. less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 5:17 PM EDT

By Susannah Felts and Jeannie Kim



You can officially stop feeling guilty about those little "bad-for-you" habits you can't seem to break. Turns out, many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits-helping you stay slim, fight off the blues, and kick disease to the curb. And we've got the 10 best right here, conveniently ranked by Health's expert panelists.

Start at the top of the list to get the most bang for your healthy buck, and keep moving on down to learn how to boost your well-being in the most decadent ways possible.



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