Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

Political leaders or top businessmen are often heard boasting about how little they sleep. As if there is a competition between them for less sleep.

There is nothing to brag about with less sleep. Because lack of sleep has a dramatic effect on our body and brain.

Matthew Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.

He wrote a book, Why We Sleep. He claims that this book can change your life.


Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker knows that modern people have a lot to do in a short period of time in their daily busy lives. No time to sleep. The less they try to sleep for longer.


According to him, when we fight with the body, we actually lose. We get sick, we get sick.

Professor Matthew Walker explains in detail what we need to know about sleep and how to develop a healthy sleep habit:

Why sleep is important?

One thing is very clear from all the research that has been done on human diseases. The less one sleeps, the shorter his life span.

So if you want to live to old age, keep your body healthy and sleep well at night.


Sleep is very universal. It is absolutely free health care. Sleep is so good for health that Professor Walker is now lobbying with doctors on prescriptions to advise patients to sleep.

There is no limit to the benefits of sleep. If you do not sleep, it has a serious effect on the body and mind.

However, if you want to get the benefits of sleep, it should be normal sleep - sleeping pills do not need to sleep. Because the sleeping pill can again create the risk of cancer, infection, or any other kind.

When we don't sleep, or sleepless, what effect does it have on the body and mind?

Insomnia is associated with many of the diseases that kill people in the developed world.


Such as: Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, or even suicide.

All the systems inside your body, or all the networks or functions in your brain, are rested during sleep. When you can't get enough sleep, their work is disrupted.

Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

How much sleep does a person need for good health?

The shortest answer is seven to nine hours.

If your sleep is less than seven hours, you can measure the effect it has on your brain and body. Your body's immune system and your consciousness tend to decline.

If you stay awake for 20 hours straight, your condition will be the same as it is when you are drunk with excess alcohol.

The problem with insomnia or lack of sleep is that we don't really understand how harmful it is to you.


What else is like a drunk driver sitting in a bar. He may have taken their car keys and said, "I'm fine." But you know, his condition is not good, he should not drive in this condition.

We are sleeping much less now and our RAM (Rapid Eye Movement) is also getting less. But why?

If you look at data from industrialized countries, you can see a clear trend: our sleep has been steadily declining over the last hundred years. When we reduce our sleep, our chances of  RAM or deep sleep also decrease. But at this stage of sleep we dream.

If the RAM is low, it is harmful for us. Because it is very important for creativity and mental health.

In other words, RAM is a kind of emotional first aid for us. Every night that we get.



There are many reasons why we sleep less than before:

1. Lack of knowledge


Although scientists now know a great deal about sleep, they have failed to reach the general public. Most people have no idea how important sleep is. So they don't want to worry about sleeping long enough.

2. Busy life

Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

Generally speaking, we have been working for a long time now, and we have been on the road for a long time to get to work. We leave home much earlier to go to work, and return home much later in the evening after work. We don’t want to exclude our social and family life either. So giving time to family members, hanging out with friends, watching television .. all these things are behind but the whole day goes by. And when it comes to spending time on so many things, we divide the sleep time.

3. Our beliefs and attitudes

Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

There is also a crisis of an image of sleep. If you tell someone that you sleep nine hours a day, they will look at you in amazement and say, really! This thought may come to their mind immediately, the man is so lazy!

So more sleep is now seen with bad eyes. People now brag about how little they sleep. But that was not always the case.

When a child sleeps, no one will say that the child is lazy. Because we know how important sleep is for a baby. But if you compare your adult life with childhood, you will understand that there is a big difference somewhere.


From childhood to adulthood, we abandon the idea that sleep is important. Rather, we scold those who sleep more.

4. Our environment

We now live in a civilization deprived of darkness. But it is dark but we need it. So that our body secretes a hormone called 'melatonin'. It is very important for us to have a good and healthy sleep.
Unfortunately the big sacrifice of our development and modernity is darkness. We are now immersed in electric light all the time.


And when we see something on the LED screen, it's even worse. Because the LED screen is rich in the blue color of the visible spectrum, it is a very strong light that stops the secretion of the hormone melatonin.

5. Temperature

Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

Another big unexpected side effect of modern civilization is that we have isolated ourselves from the hot-cold natural rhythm. We want warm houses now. But the need for sleep is actually a cool room.
Our brain and body temperature should be reduced by at least one degree for better sleep. When we go back home in a cold country, we keep the room temperature much higher. But if you want a good night's sleep, then at night the room temperature should be set at 16 degrees Celsius.

The way technology has taken over our homes, however, has moved us away from the natural environment, which has helped us to fall asleep instinctively.

Tato realized how much we had done wrong with sleep. But there are ways to correct this mistake

Yes and no. The sleep you lost will never be regained. But there is still time to change lifestyles.

There is a misconception among many that sleep deprivation can be compensated later. In fact, it can never be done.

Sleep is no longer like a bank, which you will repay later by taking a loan.
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

But most people think so. They realize that they will make up for it on the weekends by sleeping less all week. This is called social jet-lag or slip bulimia.


Why can't we keep sleep? If I could, wouldn't that be a great thing? Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. Later you are using it as needed.

But there are examples of such things in biology. This is called the fat cell.

This life-saving 'adipose cell' has been created in our body through evolution. So that when there is no shortage of food, we eat more and store energy in the body. When there is a shortage of food, we can survive by consuming that energy.

Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"
Sleep for Good Health: "The less you Sleep, The shorter your Life"

Why can't we create similar systems in our brains?

Because we are the only species in the whole world who deliberately deprive themselves of sleep.

Such an event has never happened before in nature. So nature did not even try to find a solution.


That is why a sleepless night has such a bad effect on the body and mind. We are so fragile!

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