How Poor Sleep Impacts You

One Week to Better Sleep Day 1: The Problem
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Welcome, welcome. This is the one week to better sleep course I am your instructor and I'm so excited to be diving into this content with you. You're obviously here for a purpose, and that is to solve your sleep woes. I don't want to hammer home the issues with poor sleep. I think intuitively you know what those are, you're here to solve that problem. But I think it's just as important to touch on them briefly.

So let's jump in 60 million people in the US alone suffer from poor sleep. And unfortunately, about one in six rely on some type of drug prescription drug a sleep aid. I'm not talking illicit substances or alcohol. Those are certainly part of the issue in the problem. But this is just purely sleep medications. And it's a huge problem.

It's a huge risk. There's a study in the British Medical Journal that show that people who use benzodiazepines have a 50 that's five zero, increased risk of dementia. So if that's something that applies to you, I encourage you to discuss that with your prescribing. Doctor, I'm not telling you or giving you medical advice. This is an educational course but don't stop these abruptly. I've seen this in the emergency department.

People run out of these medications or tried to Stop themselves and end up with a seizure. Obviously, a bad situation. Really the dangers of poor sleep, you know those you feel those you see those around you in the workplace in your family. But just to touch on those briefly, poor sleep disrupts hormone balance causes weight gain impairs memory causes fatigue, poor workplace performance, inflames the body increases stress, cuts down on muscle mass, even if you're exercising, working out, and causes poor performance. This is both physical and mental. And for those men out there watching this, this has a huge impact on testosterone, and performance in the bedroom as well, which I talk about in more detail in the men's health courses I teach.

So are you drunk? If you skip out on sleep? The answer shortly? Yes, studies clearly show that the more sleep you go without the higher degree of impairment they've actually equated this to roughly illegal intoxication. So for a person who's sleeping or skipping out on sleep, you know, with 19 hours without sleeping, they actually are functioning at an impaired level legally impaired, so keep that mind as you're trying to get things done you're trying to drive home from work you're trying to burn the candle maybe your college students busy executive, housewife, soccer dad, soccer mom, whatever, all this impairs you and if that doesn't get your attention this slide should the NTSB has shown that there are over 100,000 accidents every year and of those 1500 people die purely because of sleep deprivation driving in in essentially intoxicated state reflexes are slowed, accidents happen and unfortunately people die.

So, who cares? So what you can power through you are, you know, a warrior, you are a stud. Well, the truth is that sleep actually is critical to maintaining body mass. And so if you're skipping out on sleep, you're actually chewing up your tissues. You're cannibalizing yourself eating yourself, essentially. Because cortisol which is a stress hormone, skyrockets, testosterone decreases, and yes, ladies, this applies to you too.

There's certain amount of testosterone that's critical, or memory and bone and muscle mass and women as well. And then a substance called a gf. One not to pound the science into you, but that's insulin like growth factor. The growth factor is the key point there, that goes down. All these things are critical in terms of balance and restoration during sleep. And when a person skips out on sleep, all these issues and these incrementally, finely balanced, finely tuned systems in our body are disrupted.

And the end result is we're actually breaking down muscle breaking down protein. So you see this a lot. Just look around you today, just when you're out and about in the public, you're gonna see somebody who looks relatively skinny, but they sort of have that I don't know, doughy or goopy appearance to them. And that's the term that's called skinny fat. And what happens in the state is that they're losing muscle mass for a variety of reasons, including poor sleep. The recovery and repair systems are dysregulated and they're actually losing lean body mass.

And so even though they look skinny, most of what's there is actually more fat than muscle. So even though a person Maybe thin on the body mass index or the scale it doesn't necessarily mean they're healthy and that's a key point to hammer home the you know specific height and weight balance, in my opinion needs to be thrown out. There's so many other more reliable metrics and measures of whether or not a person is fit physically. So another point to stress is that there is no sleep bank, you can't sleep extra hours on the weekend and then just kill it during the week and come out unscathed, that the end The end result is that your reaction your judgment, time, your mood, your attitude, and all that begin to suffer. There's also a concept called micro sleep which a person in a sleep deprived state will zone out lose consciousness dropping to sleep for a few seconds and then wake back up.

See this in car accidents unfortunate myself have experienced this years ago when I was a emergency medicine resident. And undoubtedly, anybody who's has small children at home sick child, you know what it's like, the following day you are wiped out, you sit down and before you know what you have nodded off without intending to do so. So keep that in mind the whole goal of this course is to help improve sleep so that you can sleep great every night. boost your energy gain mental clarity, and the end result is your body will thank you

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