HEALTH HAZARDS DERIVED FROM LACK OF SLEEP…
In the quest for a better life, we tend to put so much into our work, including our sleep. Many hardly sleep so as to meet up with targets set at work, and this seems as if it would stop soon, until one day you find out you’ve not been sleeping well for years. I know people who hardly get three hours of sleep daily-I hardly sleep myself, but with this article, I know I owe Me an apology, and I’ll try to do something about getting more hours of sleep; you should too. Well, maybe you’d have to read the article below before you understand the gravity of your sleeplessness.
I don’t want to bore you with the volume of this wonderful article. I will therefore break it down into parts and share it for the next two days so that we can end the journey with a resolve to start sleeping well after we’ve carefully gone through the effects of not doing so.
Sleep, new research reveals, is a master regulator of health. A sleep deficit or disruption can create wide-ranging havoc, compromising our immune system, causing inflammation, and damaging our genes. Losing just an hour of sleep a night increases risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Lack of sleep can also lead to memory loss, negatively affect people’s reflexes and decision-making skills, cause hearing loss and psychiatric disease, and impede s*xual function.
And it’s not just people who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea who have to worry, says James Maas, PhD, a recently retired Cornell scientist and one of the world’s foremost sleep researchers. He says at least seven out of 10 people aren’t getting enough sleep and they’re at risk for serious health problems, as well.
“People devalue sleep and are completely unaware of what happens to them when they have a deficit,” Maas says. “As a society we are so habituated to low levels of sleep that most of us don’t know what it feels like to be fully alert and awake.”
We treat sleep like a “tradable commodity,” adds University of Chicago sleep researcher David Gozal, MD, sacrificing it for work, entertainment or some other lifestyle choice. In large part, he believes, we do this because it can take months or even years for a disease caused by sleep deficit to fully emerge.
“Sleep is the food of the brain,” says Gozal. And a great many of us aren’t just hungry for sleep, he notes. “We are starving.”
Sleeplessness can affect man in many ways. I will share those ways tomorrow. Let’s start the exercise of getting enough sleep by SLEEPING over what you just read. Is it by any means directed at you? Giztzzz… madetv!