Democrats like to pretend that millions and millions of people are starving in America.
Poor people in the U.S. are more likely to be obese than underfed.
But one growing problem is leading to serious health concerns.
In our hyper-technical and kinetic society, more and more people are trying to cram more activities into a 24-hour day.
These jam-packed days often come at the expense of necessary sleep, which is causing serious health problems.
The average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Functioning on 5 hours of sleep or less puts people at higher risk for a host of illnesses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
“Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions — such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression — that threaten our nation’s health…Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems.”
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, responsible for over 600,000 deaths a year.
Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system and ultimately puts people at a higher risk for cancer.
A lack of sleep can also lead to traffic accidents, on-the-job mistakes, decreased memory function, slow reaction time, and lowered testosterone levels.
According to a study from RAND, a policy think-tank, 84% of adult Americans used to receive the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, but that number has slipped to 59% today.
One of the causes for the drop in sleep is poor diet habits.
Overeating and excessive alcohol or high-sugar drinks are leading to obesity, which is linked to decreased sleep quality.
And poor sleep quality can lead to increased weight gain, so it’s a vicious cycle.
People with these afflictions often wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, which damages their sleep cycle.
This has harmful effects over time.
Another cause for the drop in sleep is people’s increased screen time.
The blue light from phones and tablets emit artificial blue light, which inhibits the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that allows people to fall asleep quicker.
Society’s over-dependence on screens is reducing sleep quality in a serious way.
It’s now easier than ever to receive some kind of stimulus at all times.
Someone can binge a television show on their cell phone while lying in bed.
It’s important to let the mind decompress from screens before bed.
It’s recommended that people put away all electronic devices 30 minutes before attempting to fall asleep.
Opt for reading a book instead of perusing online videos.
Being productive is a good thing, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your long-term health.
That defeats the entire purpose.
Make sure that quality sleep is part of your daily schedule.
It’s just as important as proper diet and exercise.
If you want to bear the fruits of healthy living, you need to give the mind and body the necessary time to heal.