Modern living has made us ‘supremely arrogant’ in the way we ignore the importance of sleep, leading scientists warn. The demands of today’s 24-hour society mean many people push themselves too far, or ‘override the clock’, in the words of one expert. Far too many of us bury our heads in the sand over the issue and ignore the health risks of neglecting our sleep, he added.
According to the documentary, Sleepless in America, coproduced by the National Geographic Channel, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. Many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Percentage-wise, adolescents are among the most sleep deprived.
The consequences are dire, not just for the individual who isnt getting enough rest, but for those around them as well. While most people dont give lack of sleep much thought, there are in fact life-threatening consequences.
Notably, experts now believe that sleep deprivation may have played a role in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Staten Island ferry crash, and the Three-Mile Island nuclear meltdown, the film states. Countless people have also lost their lives to tired drivers who simply dozed off behind the wheel.
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Another study, in Sleep Medicine, found women who get less than six hours a night were 65 per cent more likely to have high total cholesterol and 71 per cent more likely to have raised levels of LDL – the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol which clogs up arteries around the heart.
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