Americans aren’t the only ones complaining of poor sleep, no sleep, and abysmal bed partners. News just hit that the majority of Britons are losing ground on the war against insomnia, too. When more than 3,000 adults were quizzed about their sleeping habits in a survey commissioned by the shopping channel QVC, the results were, well, eye-opening.
I still get amused by people who think sleep is a state of nothingness. Or that it’s a time when the body takes a much needed time-out. On some level, it’s true that sleep is a break from busy wakefulness for the body’s renewal processes, but there’s a lot going on up in the brain to make sleep far from a state of inactivity.
You can be an avid marathon runner, health food nut, gym rat, non-smoker, non-drinker, and even a relatively stress-free lean person but still suffer the consequences of getting less-than-adequate sleep in the form of a heart attack at a young age.
Just ask Ranjan Das’s family, who are still scratching their heads as to why he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 42. He was a young and popular CEO in India and famously freakish about fitness. He seemed to do everything right but sleep—getting only 4 to 5 hours a night when he really needed more.
News like this should remind us that getting enough sleep is a vital sign of health just like blood pressure or respiratory rate.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) just got another star for treating insomnia, especially for people who suffer from chronic neck or back pain.
It’s no surprise to me that another study confirms what I’ve long known to be true: naps are magic bullets to dramatically boost and restore brain power.
Naps are exercise for the brain.
Here are the highlights from UC Berkeley’s recent findings: