Importance of Sleep

An important aspect of health that is often overlooked, if not downright shunned, is sleep.

I previously blogged on a study that showed sleep deprivation among people trying to lose weight was linked to a loss of muscle mass. Sleep deprivation is also linked to an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The Harvard School of Public Health in conjunction with The Huffington Post, have put together a free 1-hour video of a panel discussion on sleep, How America’s Sleep Deficit Is Damaging Long-term Health. They spend a decent amount of time on sleep deprivation for medical training, which might not be relevant to you (unless you’re ever in the hospital being treated by a sleep-deprived physician!), but also cover many other topics.

If a one-hour video is too much, The Huffington Post has an article that summarizes many of the main points of the video, How America’s Sleep Deficit Is Damaging Long-term Health.

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