Sleep and Life Expectancy

When you think of how long you’re going to live – what age comes to mind: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95?

Let me ask you a simple question, when thinking about your own life expectancy, do you take into account how much sleep you get every night? And, do you believe the two are intricately connected?

Harvard Medical School experts recently revealed that people who get less than 5 hours of sleep are 15 percent more likely to die at an earlier age and from a host of things. In the “Whitehall II Study,” British researchers discovered that less than five hours of sleep also doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease – which is the number one cause of death in America according to the CDC. A lack of sleep doubles the risk of death…let that sink in for a moment.

Drowsy Driving vs Drunk Driving

Sleep and alcohol may not seem like they have a lot in common when it comes to driving. However, going 24 hours without sleep is equal to having a blood alcohol content of .10. That’s .02 BAC above the legal driving limit.

Both lack of sleep and alcohol slows your reaction time, affects your ability to process information and impairs your memory. One of these things alone can lead to an accident even in the best of conditions, but all three together is a recipe for disaster. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 100,000 accidents can be directly attributed to drowsy driving each year. When 1 in 4 drivers admit to driving drowsy in the last month, it’s easy to see why this can be so dangerous.

And how about this shocking article Drivers Beware, Crash Rate Spikes with Every Hour of Lost Sleep

Just another reason to give your body the Zzzzzs it needs. And, until tomorrow when I offer you even more reasons to get your beauty rest, sweet dreams.

 

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