There was a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania suggesting that sleep deprivation kills brain cells..
Research on sleep-deprived mice detected measurable damage to the loss of neurons responsible for alertness and optional brain function. "Really what you are looking at is similar to the effect of doing drugs" says James Maas, an internationally renowned sleep educator. "Sleep deprivation fries the brain"
A lack of sleep has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even allergies and skin problems.. The bottom line is that the effects of sleep deprivation deserves as much attention as nutrition and exercise,
We must stop thinking of sleep in terms of hours and start thinking in terms of efficiency (quality rather than quantity)
If you are unsure if you are sleep deprived take the short quiz below: Put a check by all those that apply to your situation..
___ Do you fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed?
___ Does an alcoholic drink or a warm room make you drowsy?
___ Do you ned a nap to get through the day?
___ Do you often fall asleep while watching TV?
___ Do you rely on caffeine to stay fit?
If you answered yes to three or more questions you may have a serious health problem and should see a doctor.