According to a study by Dr. Matthew Walker, the Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, sleep deprivation increases out risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. After analyzing the results of 20 separate studies, he discovered a correlation between how much people sleep and how long they live. These who sleep less tend to be less healthy in general.
The modern busy lifestyle makes it more difficult for adults to get the recommended eight hours of shut eye per day. In fact, things are getting so bad, Dr. Walker is even advocating that the government get involved in raising awareness of this “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic”.
In his book, “WHY WE SLEEP”, he points out that in 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours of sleep or less. It was about 50% in 2017. What has changed since the 1940s? Many factors are to blame, including modern electronics and lights, stress, anxiety, depression, and the wider availability of alcohol and caffeine.
Dr. Walker certainly takes his own advice when it comes to sleep, keeping a consistent schedule of non-interruptive eight hours of sleep. He takes his sleep incredibly seriously because of the studies he has witnessed. After just one night of four or five hours of sleep, the body’s natural cancer attacking cells drop by as much as 70%. Lack of sleep was linked to cancers of the prostate, beast, and bowels. In fact, the World Health Organization has classified any sort of nigh shift work as a probable carcinogen.
It is time to spread awareness of the epidemic of sleep deprivation. What is the underlying cause of your lack of sleep? What are you doing to address the issue?