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Poor Sleep as bad as Smoking

Posted on 26th February, 2016 | Comments Off on Poor Sleep as bad as Smoking

We all know that when we haven’t slept enough the night before, the following day is going to be a painful one. But tiredclearly, that’s not where it ends. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is all very well, but the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is telling us that if we don’t start taking sleep seriously, we will be.

Resisting healthy sleep has become our daily norm. We are woken not by the sun at the time that suits our own rhythm, but by the alarm clock. Coffee and Tea jolts us into action. Electronic devices, deadlines and artificial light prevents us from moving into a relaxed state at night.

Sleep is invariably our lowest priority.

But according to the CDC’s extensive study, there’s more to sleep deprivation than this. Sleeping fewer than seven hours, the CDC says, increases your risk for “obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress, and all-cause mortality”. And if that’s not disturbing enough, it also “impairs cognitive performance, which can increase the likelihood of motor vehicle and other transportation accidents, industrial accidents, medical errors, and loss of work productivity that could affect the wider community”.

There are lots medical reasons why people don’t sleep well – hot/noisy bedrooms, anxiety, sleep apnoea, restless legs – the list is long. What’s your reason? Good sleep is too important to ignore.