You don’t need to wait months for a doctor’s appointment, an hour in his office, or weeks for test results. Because here is a list of the top 5-second health checks that’ll give you some insight into your overall wellness:
The Sleep Test: First ask yourself: How fast do I fall asleep? If you routinely zonk out in less than five minutes – or while you’re watching TV on the couch – that’s a sign you’re sleep deprived according to sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. And we know skimping on sleep is linked to a bunch of serious problems – including high blood pressure, weight gain, and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Breus suggests going to bed 30 minutes earlier and seeing how you feel. It should take between 7 and 12 minutes to doze off if you’re generally well rested.
The Toilet Test: Ask yourself, is there any blood after I move my bowels? If there is, it’s likely just hemorrhoids – but if you’ve never had a problem with them, go see your doctor. Because blood may be a sign of colon cancer or diverticulosis.
The Bloating Test: Do you tend to bloat and get full easily? This symptom – if it’s new and lasts 2 weeks or longer – could be a symptom of ovarian cancer. That’s according to OBGYN Mary Jane Minkin. This sign is usually one of the very first – it’s ovarian cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage. But because it’s so common, women often ignore it. So pay attention if you’re excessively bloated or get full very quickly – and it’s something new to you.