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Sleep or Die! The Science of Sleep & Health

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The significance of good sleep is so meaningful that one could easily argue it is the most important factor in achieving a healthy and fit body. We spend over a third of our lives sleeping. If you are so lucky (or unlucky depending on your perspective) to live to be a nonagenarian you’ll have spent approximately 30 years asleep.  It’s such a substantial part of life, interconnected to virtually every part of one’s health, yet why we need to sleep remains a medical mystery. William Dement, the founder of Stamford University Sleep Center, stated: “As far as I know, the only reason we need to sleep that is really, really solid is that we get sleepy.” Laboratory animals subjected to extreme sleep deprivation die rather quickly of a confluence of unknown causes. Sleep deprivation is a faster killer than starvation. We can’t live without sleep. Literally, every organism on this planet that possesses a central nervous system and brain require regular sleep. We can go ahead and add sleep to the list of primal core needs every human requires to sustain life (food, air, water, shelter, and sleep). Being so significant and crucial to life, one would think the science of sleep would be more understood. Nope. Here is what we do know regarding the functions of sleep: Continue reading
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