15 Reasons to go to Bed Right Now: the Truth on Sleep Deprivation
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15 Reasons to go to Bed Right Now: the Truth on Sleep Deprivation

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Sleep deprivation is a huge problem, even bigger than most people realize. Are you getting less than seven hours? That means you're sleep deprived.

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If your mom is anything like my mom she's been telling you to go to bed since you were five.


"It's past your bedtime!!"

But Mawwwwwm, just five more minutes!

 


Turns out she had good reason. Like, really good.


Sleep deprivation is a huge problem. Even bigger than most people realize. Why? Well, technically - according to Matthew Walker: sleep scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley - sleep deprivation consists of getting anything less than seven hours of sleep.


You read that right: seven.


In the last 75 years the percentage of sleep-deprived people in the population has increased six-fold: from 8% to 50%, to be exact. So why did we start priding ourselves on how little we could sleep and how much caffeine we could consume?

 


The importance of sleep


Did you know that the World Health Organization classifies night time shifts as carcinogens? When our circadian rhythms are disrupted on a continual bases it can cause breast, prostate, endometrium, and colon cancer.


Sleep is so integral to brain health that it can actually be used to diagnose dementia in its early stages. In fact, adults over 45 who sleep less than six hours are