Most of us don’t get enough sleep

Many believe sleep to be a waste of time, but inadequate sleep is likely a big contributor to obesity.  It helps us craze unhealthy foods.  It makes us function like diabetics, unable to properly process sugars.

A small minority of people need less sleep than the “normal” 8 hrs (that’s what an average person needs, but 1-2 more than the average American gets).

An article in the WSJ suggests:

Out of every 100 people who believe they only need five or six hours of sleep a night, only about five people really do, Dr. Buysse says. The rest end up chronically sleep deprived, part of the one-third of U.S. adults who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, according to a report last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Watch the video about the rare true “short sleepers:”


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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