I have found a quality video on YouTube with Dr. Charles Czeisler of Harvard, called Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer.
So take 13 minutes out of your life to hear a bit of common sense from a man with some serious “creds” around sleep disorders.
In this video he states that:
- 70 percent of people say they frequently don’t get enough sleep and 30 percent say they don’t get enough sleep every single night,
- some children are so sleep deprived that they are distractible, showing symptoms of ADHD but may not have ADHD,
- fatigue makes it difficult to pay attention, impairs judgement and learning – and people have difficulty consolidating memories (which actually happens while we sleep),
- 8,000 people die each year in fatigue related car accidents,
- 1 in 5 motor vehicle accidents is caused by fatigue,
- having a regular, set bedtime for children is highly recommended for them to have a good night’s sleep,
- 70 percent of people have a television in their bedroom,
- lights inhibit the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps trigger sleep onset,
- children need 9 – 10 hours sleep a night, and they are presently spending far too much time on electronic entertainment,
- coffee is addictive, and has a half life of 6-9 hours,
- energy drinks are a $ 9 billion dollar industry (containing caffeine).
And the good news: Well rested individuals have
- enhanced immunity to disease,
- less tendency to put on weight,
- reduced risk of diabetes,
- live longer,
- reduced risk of cancer,
- faster reflexes,
- enhanced performance.
Finally. Napping is good.