“Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, PhD
Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers your food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and strokes, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?
This amazing new treatment is called: sleep.
The Shorter You Sleep, The Shorter Your Life Span
Two thirds of all adults and children in developed nations fail to obtain the recommended amount of nightly sleep (8 hours for adults, so you need nearly 9 hours in bed to achieve this nightly!).
Author & researcher Dr. Matthew Walker is lobbying doctors to “prescribe” sleep, which is one of the most enjoyable things to prescribe!
The Cost of Sleep Neglect
- Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.
- Insufficient sleep is a key lifestyle factor determining whether or not you will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- Tragically, one person dies in a traffic accident every hour in the U.S. due to fatigue-related error. Car accidents caused by drowsy driving exceed those caused by alcohol and drugs combined!
- There is not one major organ or reaction within the body, or processes within the brain, that isn’t optimally enhanced by sleep (or detrimentally impaired when we don’t get enough, leading to dramatic increases in cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart attack, and every type of physical and mental illness).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared a sleep loss epidemic throughout industrialized nations.
Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day – Mother Nature’s best effort at contra-death. A balanced diet and exercise are important, yes. But we now see sleep as the preeminent force in this health trinity.
Personally Dr. Walker notes, “I am in love with sleep and not just my own (I do give myself a non-negotiable eight-hour sleep opportunity each night). I am in love with everything sleep is and does. I am in love with discovering all that remains unknown about it. I am in love with communicating the astonishing brilliance of it to the public. I am in love with finding any and all methods for reuniting humanity with the sleep it so desperately needs.”
Stop immediately the thought that sleeping more means you are lazy – quite the opposite! You are SO smart to get more sleep!