Sleep matters…after all we spend about one third of our life doing it.
Pretty much every sentient creature needs it. From a survival standpoint, it is a period of tremendous vulnerability and exposure to predators.
It makes intuitive sense that there has to be powerful health reasons for sleep to put us in a state of unconsciousness and inability to defend ourselves.
This time, intuition wins, for facts corroborate the insight in a powerful way. When we don’t get enough sleep, we substantially increase the risk of contracting cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infections and accelerated cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Would you like a side of involuntary weight gain with that?
Talk about a multi-whammy!
The plain truth is; there is no other type of deficit that can affect the metabolism so quickly: “Within 2 1/2 weeks we can take someone who is young, healthy and fit and put them in a pre-diabetic state just by putting them on an irregular schedule,” says Charles Czeisler chief of the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Staying up 24 hours in a row makes us as incompetent to drive than sporting an above the legal limit (0.08 in the USA) of alcohol in blood.
If this reading bores you to tears to the point of making your eyelids heavy, then I’ve reach my goal; you are sleep deprived, yet now, you are aware of it and know what to do!
Good night! 😀