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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

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  • Sleep scientist and author Matthew Walker suggests a lack of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health and wellness, and is fast becoming one of our greatest public health challenges
  • More than 20 large-scale epidemiological studies, tracking millions of people over many decades, report the same clear relationship: the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life
  • Rather than being an optional lifestyle choice, Walker asserts sleep is a non-negotiable, biological necessity that provides a foundation for every aspect of your mental and physical health
  • Sleeplessness has been shown to have a devastating effect on your health and well-being, contributing to chronic illnesses such as dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity
  • Walker suggests more vehicle crashes in the U.S. are caused by sleep-deprived drivers than those involving alcohol and drugs combined; when you drive drowsy, you put your life and the lives of countless others in jeopardy

By Dr. Mercola

In the featured video, professor Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science and author of the book "Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams," shares the latest discoveries about sleep and how it impacts virtually every area of your physical and mental health.

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