Body Talk 12/8/17

According to latest research, regularly getting less than 8 hours sleep a night, can have the same long term effects as alcohol abuse.  For the body, sleep deprivation results in increased risk of obesity, heart attacks and strokes. Insomnia is now called the modern ill, as so many of the poulation are affected.  Apparently being awake fro more than 18 hours results in the same cognitive impairment as being drunk.  It’s so serious that driving when sleep deprived can be as dangerous as driving when drunk.

Researchers have found that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night can suffer many health issues. The odd night here and there isn’t a problem, but continual lack of sleep is.

Sleep plays an important role in regulating the hormones that influence hunger. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in appetite and result in weight gain.

Your brain becomes less stable the longer you remain awake, it becomes more difficult to focus on specific tasks.

Quite scarily, another piece of research has found that the brain can actually eat itself!  While we’re asleep, little cells like hoovers move around the brain, cleaning it and keeping it healthy. When we’re sleep deprived these little cells don’t work properly and become confused themselves and over clean, resulting in parts of the brain literally being eaten! I have to add that this has only been researched on mice so far, but it still seems a bit worrying.



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About Mel Watson

I have been with Phoenix FM since April 2007 - I came in to be interviewed about yoga just after the station launched in March, and enjoyed it so much that my own show - Body Talk - was born. On Body Talk I cover a different health topic every week and interview top healthcare profesionals including doctors, surgeons, healers, reflexologists and life coaches. I feel that all therapies have their place in today's world, and some of the more alternative methods can easily complement convential medicine. I have been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, am a qualified hypnotherapist, and I have also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Lucid Dreaming and Dream Therapy. I run regular classes at the Brentwood Centre as well as private one to one sessions. I've walked a spiritual path for most of my life and outside of radio and teaching I'm an Independent Celebrant. I officiate at Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Spiritual Blessings and Funerals. You can find out more at