It’s hard to believe it has been nearly nine years since we lost Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. I think we were all shocked when the story of his death flooded the news on June 25, 2009. He was only 50-years-old when he died.
We all know we need to breathe in oxygen, absorb nutrients from the food we eat and drink water in order to live healthily. But there is yet another major necessity of life - sleep. It is so important that on average we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping.
There are some things we often take for granted in life, like breathing. Air contains oxygen which every cell in your body needs to live and function. The cells need oxygen to help them metabolize (burn) the nutrients released from the food you eat and use it for energy.
Sleep is a big deal! The average person spends 25 years of life sleeping, and a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for good health. Therefore, it’s no surprise sleep quality and health has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need because of sleep apnea, which is on the rise in the United States. Many cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed and untreated, and this is a public health hazard.
Obstructive sleep apnea causes a person to repeatedly stop and start breathing during sleep, and it affects an estimated 29.4 million Americans, market research company Frost & Sullivan estimates. That’s about 12 percent of the population! However, counting cases of mild sleep apnea, the American Heart Association actually estimates it may be as common as one in five adults, and many cases are going undiagnosed and untreated.
You may have heard about Kanye West’s recent hospitalization, reportedly for exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Some sources said it was a “mental breakdown,” following what’s been called “erratic behavior,” including controversial rants, ending concerts early, and even canceling the rest of his tour. While most of us aren’t living Kanye’s lifestyle, the Better Sleep Council has found that around half of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep, but many don’t do anything about it.
Poor sleep quality and sleeping too long can cause inflammation in your body, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Inflammation is a hot topic these days, and for good reason! It has been shown to be connected to a wide variety of health concerns, illnesses and diseases.
When you think of living a “healthy” lifestyle, what comes to mind? It seems exercise and nutrition get all the praise. But what about sleep? In a fast-paced society that places productivity above all else, sleep is sometimes associated with laziness. Or it’s seen as a luxury. But it is just as critical as the food you put in your body. Getting sufficient sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. It seems sleep-deprived Americans are in desperate need of a wake-up call.
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Sleep deficiency and poor sleep quality are widely underestimated as major causes of health problems and mortality. They are not only related to daytime sleepiness, poor memory and decreased ability to concentrate, but to more serious outcomes as well, such as increased car crashes (1.2 million car crashes in the U.S. each year are related to drowsiness), and a multitude of permanent adverse health effects such as increased heart problems, degenerative effects on brain function, premature aging and weight gain. Statistics show that at least 50-70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder. A Gallup poll suggests that as much as 40 percent of Americans get less than the recommended sleep time. Sleep times averaged 7.9 hours in 1942. This number has steadily decreased to 6.8 hours in the 1990s and 2000s.
It's a cruel joke. You're exhausted, you pulled a 14-hour day, you know you should be passing out – and yet, you can't sleep. Again. Chronic insomnia plagues millions of Americans. Addictions to tablets, phones, caffeinated coffee and teas, late-night Game of Thrones binges, work martyrdom, bad news on television, and chronically worrying about your children/love life/paycheck/waist size allcontribute to the problem. In short, everyone seems to be sabotaging their sleep like nobody’s business.
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