There’s a reason I’m always urging you to get more sleep. Many reasons, in fact.
It seems like every day there’s another new study exposing the deadly influence of insomnia. The simple fact is, sleep loss kills. And the body count keeps on growing.
What’s worse, it does the lion’s share of its damage in the quietest and most insidious of ways. Namely, by setting off a deadly cascade of inflammation within your body.
That’s the takeaway of a recent UCLA study. This meta-analysis combed through the results of 72 different clinical and population-based studies, featuring data from more than 50,000 subjects. Researchers examined correlations between nightly sleep duration and key inflammatory markers — specifically, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha).
Analysis showed that a short night’s sleep (anything under seven hours) spiked levels of CRP. While longer sleep durations (over eight hours) and sleep disturbances (think tossing, turning, or the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep) raised both IL-6 and CRP.
So suffice it to say that simply staying in bed longer isn’t going to cut it. You need to be getting seven to eight hours of deep, high-quality, restorative sleep — no more and no less — if you want to avoid subsequent problems.
Because there’s really no limit to the damage chronic sleep loss can do. Inflammation is the common thread that links every health condition, big or small, together. Depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer… the list goes on and on.
So when I say that getting the right amount of quality sleep every night can save your life, just remember it’s no exaggeration.
In fact, it’s so important I’m currently working on a detailed, step-by-step protocol that will help you address — and overcome — the factors standing between you and the critical rest your body needs. I’m putting the finishing touches on this protocol now, and will let you know as soon as it’s ready. So stay tuned!
In the meantime, check out the lead article in the June 2016 issue for one of the latest — and most promising — sleep breakthroughs I’ve come across. You can access this article (“How to ‘shock’ your body into a better night’s sleep…and the unlikely secret that makes it possible”) for free by logging in to the Subscriber section of www.DrPescatore.com with your username and password.
Irwin MR, et al. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 1;80(1):40-52.