“The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.”
Pretty strong stuff eh?
Those words come from world-renowned sleep expert and neuroscientist Professor Matthew Walker.
He studied originally at Nottingham University and in London before moving to the USA where he was a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School before moving to his current post as professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California.
In other words, he’s no fool!
As well as publishing more than 100 scientific research studies he published the international best seller Why We Sleep.
The book tackles some really fascinating and thought-provoking stuff.
Including what really happens when we are dreaming, how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across our lifetime.
Prof Walker also uses his expertise and years of research to explain how we can harness sleep to improve our mood, our ability to learn, our energy levels and how improved sleep can help us to prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s obesity and diabetes.
In an interview on BBC Breakfast he said:
“Every disease that seems to be killing us in developed nations has significant links to insufficient sleep.
“The pernicious erosion of our sleep time across the decades and now across this century is having a marked impact on our ill health and our sickness.”
Most of us have heard that we need eight hours of sleep at night, something Professor Walker backs up with science.
“Once you get below seven hours we can objectively and scientifically measure impairments in your brain and body,” he added.
“Every single major system within your body; the cardiovascular system, the metabolic system seem to undergo a ‘reboot’ during sleep. The same is true of your mind and brain. The functions of learning and memory, your emotional regulation, get this overhaul at night so that when you wake up the next day you are refreshed and restored.”
Lots to ponder on then before you climb up the wooden hill tonight and get your beauty sleep.
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