New study about weight gain from lack of sufficient sleep

BrainBecause sleep loss is widespread in modern society, in the last few decades it has become better understood that it can have serious negative health consequences.  Just a half hour of missed sleep during weekdays was enough to cause problems, researchers at the Endocrine Society found. It is now crystal clear that nearly everyone needs at least 8 hours nightly in order to be able to regenerate and clear the toxins from the nervous system.

This new study by the Endocrine Society suggests that missing just 30 minutes of sleep during weeknights could increase your weight and disrupt your metabolism.  The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other functions.

50 to 70 million with sleep disorders in U.S. alone….

by David Delaney                                                                  

Graciella (not her real name) has had sleep problems most of her life.  This is not why she came to seek help with me but I discover during our intake that this is a serious problem for her.  She has a very difficult time falling asleep, staying asleep, and then finds it very difficult to rise in the morning. Her original concern for why she sought help was anxiety and depression. And now research has demonstrated that there is a direct link between sleep problems and depression!

Depression and sleep disorders now linked…

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.The cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of degenerative heath consequences inducing an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, hearth attack, and stroke. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research concluded that although clinical activities and scientific opportunities in the field are expanding, awareness among the general public and health care professionals is low, given the magnitude of the burden. 1


by David Delaney

His father brings nine-year-old Harold (not his real name) to my office.Neither he nor his mother is able to get him to go to sleep at night; sometimes they find him wandering around late because he cannot sleep.He gets up repeatedly when they put him back to bed.This kind of behavior is wearing on his parents!

They are really at their limits and have no solutions other than medication which they are not attracted to.Then he wants to sleep with them, and when he does, he thrashes all night long and they cannot get the rest they need; and everybody now knows that good hygiene is vital to our health and well being if you have seen any of a number of PBS specials on the brain and sleep hygiene.