You, me, we all need a good night’s sleep of at least 7 hours, and anything less can be dangerous, brain researchers say.
The Washington Post reported a new line of research suggests poor sleep might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, another study found staying up all night pushes anxiety to clinical levels, and still another found even modest sleep reductions are linked to increased feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
“It used to be popular for people to say, ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’ The ironic thing is, not sleeping enough may get you there sooner,” a professor of sleep medicine at the University of Pittsburgh said Friday.
“We are competing against moneyed interests, with technology, and gaming and all that. It’s so addictive and so hard to compete with,” said a sleep researcher at Pennsylvania State University. “We have had this natural experiment with the Internet that swamped everything else.”
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep. But the actual number of hours adults get has been steadily decreasing. In Y 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 3rd of adults fail to get the recommended 7 hours.
Sleep problems have long recognized as a symptom of psychiatric and neurological disorders, and is now is being researched for its role in disease.
“A lot of medical approaches have ignored sleep,” said a cognitive neuro-scientist at Northwestern University. “People think about poor sleep as 1 of the complaints someone with depression or other disorders might have, rather than a critical part of the whole etiology of the disease, which is a new idea.”
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively, Get some good rest too!