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 vascularanesthesia.com 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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