We all know infants and teens need a lot of sleep, because their bodies are changing so rapidly. But, when we consider adults, and the elderly, we often don’t associate sleep as something we “need”. Some people are even proud- stating to others, that they only need “5 or 6” hours of sleep.
I recently read a fascinating article regarding our “catastrophic” lack of sleep, and that research shows that it is linked to a host of fatal diseases. A professor at Berkley states that sleep deprivation affects “every aspect of our biology”. A lack of sleep has been “linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and poor mental health among other health problems”. The article goes on to say that anything less than 7 hours of sleep is bad for our health. Many view the need for more sleep as a trait of being lazy. In short, the article states that a lack of sleep is killing us, and that we need to change our view of sleep and get more of it on a regular basis!
For more, read the article below.