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Seven Interesting Facts About Sleep

Dr. Anthony Warren, 25/09/2017

According to a recent article in the UK Guardian Newspaper the current epidemic of insufficient sleep can impact us in many ways. Here are just a few:

  • The World Health Organization recommends eight hours of nightly sleep to stay healthy, yet over two-thirds of adults in the developed world don’t meet this target.
  • Below 6.75 hours of sleep reduces our life expectancy into the 60’s unless we receive expensive medical support as we age.
  • Men who sleep below this level have a reduction in sperm count by 29% on average.
  • Chances of bad car accidents explode if you are sleep deprived – by over 4 times if you get less than 5 hours of sleep, and over 11 times (!) if you get less than four hours.
  • There are more than 100 diagnosed sleep disorders.
  • Athletic stamina can drop by up to 30% when sleep-time dips below 6 hours.
  • If you are a “morning type” then you are like 40% of the population; night-owls make up 30%, and the rest, somewhere in between.

Clinical evidence has shown that correcting poor breathing habits can help us improve our sleep quality. First it helps by calming anxiety, a major cause of insomnia. Second, better breathing control can help alleviate snoring and sleep disturbed breathing.