Scientists Say Lack of Sleep is Bad for Your Health

We all know having less sleep is bad for you, but according to a leading sleep scientist it may be "catastrophic" to our health/

Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Matthew Walker says sleep loss literally makes people sicker.

In a recent interview with the Guardian:

“No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation,” he says. “It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it. Things have to change: in the workplace and our communities, our homes and families.”

“We have stigmatized sleep with the label of laziness. We want to seem busy, and one way we express that is by proclaiming how little sleep we’re getting. It’s a badge of honor. When I give lectures, people will wait behind until there is no one around and then tell me quietly: ‘I seem to be one of those people who need eight or nine hours’ sleep.’ It’s embarrassing to say it in public.”

Walker says his group has done several studies which showed that sleeping less results in having a shorter lifespan.

One study found that adults over 45 who slept less than six hours each night were 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to adults who had eight hours of sleep.

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