According to their documentary, chronic sleep deprivation can irreparably damage your health.
When sleep gets shorter than seven hours a night, there’s evidence that there’s an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. The film also interviewed David Gozal at University of Chicago, a doctor who conducted a study linking an increased risk for cancer to lack of sleep.
When you sleep, the brain clears out toxic chemicals — and one of the proteins that accumulates in the brain while you’re awake is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Jeffrey Iliff, a doctor at Oregon Health and Science University, talks about his research into the link between poor sleep, clear thinking and Alzheimer’s.
Many Americans, they claim, simply aren't getting enough sleep; the average American sleeps less than seven hours per night, and that impacts not only your own health, but that of others whom you may encounter - the leading cause associated with high-severity auto wrecks, for example, is driver fatigue.
Yet increasingly, "progressives" push to have people take public transit, and let me tell you from personal experience just how well that works for a lot of us: my workplace was an eleven-minute drive from home, or less than half an hour round-trip. Using public transit, that round-trip took four hours.
You're at work for at least 8.5 hours each day, and if the "progressives" had their way, you'd spend another four hours each day waiting for buses or trains to arrive, riding, transferring, waiting some more, transferring again...by the time you return home, you've lost twelve and a half hours. How are you supposed to get anything done - and get in eight hours of sleep?
Fortunately, there's an elegantly simple solution to the dilemma: just sit in a recliner in front of the television and switch on another National Geographic documentary.