Sleep deprivation is a major challenge that we face in our high tech society.
Take the time and figure out in an average week how many hours you are dedicating to sleep (Bed Time Number) and how many hours you are sleeping (Sleep Time Number). You should know these numbers in the same way that you know how much you weigh and what your blood pressure is. These Sleep Numbers are far more important than the numbers you have become use to hearing in a popular TV ads about a mattress. The real issue is not about the softness or hardness of the mattress, its about how much time you spend on the mattress and what you are doing on the mattress.
Firstly make sure the numbers add up. The average person requires between 7-8 hours of sleep per night to function normally during the day. If your Bed Time Number is less than 7, then your Sleep Number can never add up to a healthy night’s sleep.
The diagnosis in fancy medical terms is “Behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome”. Which in simple terms means if you don’t dedicate enough time for sleep, you are going to be sleep deprived and suffer the consequences. Believe it or not, this is a real disorder, that most Americans have succumbed to. If your Sleep Time Number is less than 7, then you are most likely Sleep Deprived.
This can be caused by a variety of factors and disorders. Your Bed Time Number must exceed your Sleep Time number, by between 5–20 minutes. Also if your Bed Time Number exceeds your Sleep Time Number by more than 30 minutes, you most likely have a sleep disorder.
In the next blog post, we will discuss how different Bed Time and Sleep Time Numbers indicate different Sleep Disorders.
In an article recently posted in the New York Times Health and Science section, author Anahad O’Connor states that “The new research marked the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.”
O’Connor continues on by saying that nearly “28 million Americans have some form of sleep apnea, though many cases go undiagnosed. For sleep doctors, the condition is a top concern because it deprives the body of oxygen at night and often coincides with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.”