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Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 Get plenty of Vitamin Zzzzz.

Pleasant DreamsWake up, folks! Actually, go to sleep, but before you do, make sure to watch Sleepless in America. The alarming facts in this documentary would keep us up at night if sleep wasn’t so important to us. It seems that sleep is regarded almost as a luxury in modern society, with some people taking pride in their sleep deprivation, but this attitude is literally killing us. No matter how much you exercise, eat well, hydrate, or meditate, if you’re not getting the proper amount of sleep, you’ll never be truly healthy. This film should be standard viewing for all Americans to show how sleep deprivation dramatically increases your chances of developing diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, and how it puts you and others at risk of being in a potentially fatal car crash.

Robb Wolf, author of the New York Times Best Seller The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet, did a post on his blog about the importance of sleep, saying, “Sleep and photoperiod considerations are MORE important than food or exercise. […] That only sounds controversial if you are ignorant to the literature on sleep.” The post includes a TED talk in which his friend Kirk Parsley, a doctor and former Navy SEAL, discusses the consequences of sleep deprivation.

Nothing that you’re staying up to watch or do or read is as important as getting a full night’s sleep. Missing out on that extra hour or two of activity per night is nothing compared to the years of life you may lose by not giving your body the proper amount of rest it needs to cleanse and rejuvenate, not to mention the life that may be cut short by an accident due to sleep deprivation. A popular saying today is: “You can sleep when you’re dead.” If you don’t get enough sleep while you’re alive, that time may come sooner than you think.

Now stop reading this and go to sleep!


posted by Kirsten K.