Lack of sleep killing modern society : scientist

ISLAMABAD: A foremost sleep scientist has warned that a cataclysmic sleep-loss widely prevalent in modern society is prompting potentially fatal ailments.

In an interview Professor Mathew Walker, a leading expert and director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley said that sleep deficiency affected “every aspect of our biology” and was widespread in modern society.

“I take my sleep incredibly seriously because I have seen the evidence,” said Walker, The independent health news reported.

And up till now the problem was not being taken seriously by politicians and employers, with a longing to acquire a decent night’s sleep often stigmatised as a sign of laziness, he added.

Sleep deficiency is demarcated as less than seven hours a night.

The facets of modern life such as electronic items, lights, longer shuttles, television and computer screens, the muddling of the link between work and personal time, and several other features have paid to sleep deficiency.

Negligence in having an adequate sleep has been linked to fatal diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and reduced mental health in the midst of other health issues.

To sum up, a dearth of sleep is killing us.

Professor Walker, who is formerly from Liverpool, said: “No

aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation”.

“It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it. Things have to change: in the workplace and our communities, our homes and families.”

Professor Walker whose book Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams is due out next month, said, he insists that he has a “non-negotiable, eight-hour sleep opportunity every night” and retains “very regular hours”.

“Once you know that after just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural killer cells the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day drop by 70 per cent per cent, or that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel, prostate and breast, or even just that the World Health Organisation has classed any form of night-time shift work as a probable carcinogen, how could you do anything else?”

Professor Walker said that the people, on individual basis are required to pay massive consideration towards sleep benefits, moreover the health workers, managers and politicians are also requisite to show a greater devotion to this problem.