There is a silent epidemic of sleep disorders in the US (and probably other developed countries as well). Increasing diagnoses of sleep problems is likely a combination of increasing incidence and increased awareness. Recent studies showing that sleep apnea (blocking of the air passageways during sleep) increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Poor sleep is also linked to diabetes and may be the true underlying cause of up to half of people with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Lack of sleep also exacerbates many conditions, from migraines to seizures, and correlates with a decreased life expectancy. In short – we need our sleep. Our bodies, especially our brains, do not function optimally when deprived of sleep. Everyone should strive to have good sleep habits – avoid caffeine in the evening, don’t eat right before going to bed, and try to consolidate your sleep so you get it all at once rather than napping throughout the day. If you still have poor sleep, consult a physician – you may have a treatable condition that can be diagnosed with a sleep study.
But for every such truth in medicine there seems to be a quack willing to take it to absurd extremes in order to sell their books, supplements, and devices. I recently received the following e-mail asking about such extreme claims.
I was looking into the Paleo diet line of books and have read up a little now and in my search was suggest to read ‘Lights Out; Sleep, sugar and survival.’ So i grabbed the book and was getting excited until they professed that no animals in the wild get cancer, and then pronounced that any exercise that we do today is invoking the fight, flight response (fear of being eaten) from our bodies suggesting that running away was the only time that we were really doing exercise back when evolution was taking place which i found hard to believe as well, what about chasing the food?So i went looking for the author to check a little back ground and have found somewhat unsurprising results. T.S.Wiley. She is a sham artist. Sadly one of the dangerous ones that is selling hormone replacement therapy and causing all sorts of issues.So there are three questions:1. The paleo diet suggest that we have yet to have our digestive systems get use to modern foods including wheat and oats etc and that we should steer clear of them. Also all processed food we are generally not ready for yet, i know trans fats should be illegal. They suggest less carbs and more protein and also higher fat than is normally recommended suggesting that more carbs are turned into fat than good fats are turned into stored fat. What does the panel think of the Paleo idea?2. Sleep is very important but is it the dramatic cure for cancer and obesity that that the book says? i am hoping that it is not all b/s. It is even suggested that schizophrenia is cased by the imbalance of hormones that sleep helps balance.3. How foreign is exercise to our systems? I know a lot of people who are fit but i would not call them healthy, their skin is old and not as sexy as mine and generally i also know many who have gotten cancer. These is a difference between people generally conscious of their body and those obsessed by it, in my none double blind eyes.
When it comes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression, everything you believe is a lie.