“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Have you heard that before?
Perhaps from someone who is so hard working and focused on the task at hand that they’ve forgotten to eat, drink and are now refusing to sleep.
Maybe you haven’t been in that exact situation, but you’ve almost definitely heard the same rationale: sleep is not as important as what I’m currently doing, so I’ll cut back on sleep to complete this task.
And we think this is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, because the only consequences of missing sleep is that we’ll feel a bit tired tomorrow. But it’s alright, because then we’ll have a coffee, catch up on the sleep we’ve missed and it’ll all be ok.
Except that isn’t how sleep works, and it won’t all be ok.
Skipping sleep on purpose is actually a deadly mistake.
We used to think that sleep was just something humans and animals did to recharge our brains. All the effort put into breathing, heart-beating and functioning made our brains tired and once we reached a certain point, they needed to switch off to recover.
The truth is much more complicated.
When we sleep, our brains are performing an impossibly complex series of actions and reactions, firing synapses and pumping chemicals which perform all sorts of functions in our body, one of which is warding off degenerative brain disease.
Though the science here isn’t finalised, the evidence is exceptionally clear; healthy sleep can slow the development of, and even prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Though this isn’t a brand new discovery, the recent developments in our understanding are very exciting.
This isn’t to say that sleep is going to be the final cure, but a healthy habit of sleep, working alongside other treatment methods will go a long way to lowering the rate of this disease.
At the end of the day, the reality is this:
Sleep is important. If you sleep well, your life will benefit. If you sleep poorly, your life will suffer and potentially end prematurely.
Bad sleep doesn’t just affect how you feel tomorrow morning, it affects the rest of your life.
If you’re someone who knows they don’t get the sleep they need, but isn’t sure what to do about it, please get in touch with us. We’d love to have a chat about what we can do to help you start sleeping well.
This article is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content