Good Sleep: Ounce of Prevention and A Pound of Cure

There’s a saying that sleep finally caught up with me, and I quietly drifted off to sleep, woke up and didn’t realize having slept for an entire day! With the increasing numbers of technological gadgets, many of us are addicted to social media, videos and solitude games. The flashing lights and constant movement of the screens are captivating and addictive.

With the increasing desire for some to stay totally connected to a small number of friends and relatives, but a whole world of strangers, it’s likely that households across America have multiple devices in the home for each family member in which they are multi-tasking or at least attempting to do so. Even knowing that one needs to go to bed at a decent hour in order to get up freshly rested and ready for the new day, kids and adults constantly retort, “I’ll be all right, but please ‘just give me one more minute.’ And before you know it, that one minute extends to 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes. Walk in any bedroom with teenagers and adults, and you are likely to see that the lights have been turned down for the night, but glowing lights let you know that someone is still up chatting, reading, surfing, tweeting, posting, and playing on one or more devices.

At the break of dawn, sleep heads are grumpy and difficult to awake. Even though it’s just a lack of sleep, they may substitute the truth with complaints about feeling too sick to go to school, an appointment or work.

According to the Washington Post, ongoing and emerging research has linked insufficient or irregular sleep patterns over time to the development of serious illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue and even cancers. Some studies have shown a direct correlation between hormonal and protein imbalances that cause illness, inflammation, chronic joint and muscle pain, as well as autoimmune diseases. Apparently, sharing information and continuing to study sleep behavior is sounding an alarm and is a wakeup call that sleep depravity may be taking its toll and causing an increasing number of illnesses and diseases too many people who have doubted that lacking sleep is a serious problem that is headed for an epidemic.

Lawrence Eppstein, President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, stated that some sleep slackers, much to their detriment, have erroneously believed that they can control and manipulate sleep without any consequences.

The evidence continues to show that getting less than six hours of asleep a night eventually creates a dysfunction of the various human body systems that require optimal support in order to function efficiently. There seems to be an alarming number of people who are sick because of some serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, just to name a few.

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With continued research and discussions about the impact of sleep on one’s overall health, perhaps those who are not worried and who sleep enough just to get by will wake up before it’s too late.