The most ignored factor in health – Is it sabotaging you ?

After practicing medicine for 19 years, day in and day out, I find myself becoming a crusader of sleep. I have realized sleep gives immediate relief to fifty percent of the cases I see on a daily basis. My regular patients will often recall me exploring their sleep patterns very often. We have become a society that burns the candle from both ends. Our country is a place where people stay up late into the night watching television, study, work or to have fun. Health by definition is a disease-free state. I am sure a lot of you would want to know about: heart issues, diabetes, asthma, metabolic syndrome, obesity, menopause, andropause, depression, anxiety and addiction. The list is endless; instead I decided to write on one of the most ignored aspect of daily health: YOUR SLEEP. However, going without enough sleep has its consequences. Lack of sleep can have an immediate effect on judgment, mood, ability to learn, memory and may increase risk of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration * in the US, Driver fatigue is responsible for an estimated 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1500 deaths each year. In the long-term, lack of sleep may lead to health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even early death. Sleep is typically classified into two stages: REM and NREM (Rapid eye movement and Non Rapid eye movement). Usually, sleepers pass through five stages: 1, 2, 3, 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically from 1 through REM then again restart with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average...