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To Sleep, Per Chance For Good Health

Posted on 16 March 2011

Edison, Ford and Jobs: the visionaries who brought light, cars and computers into our lives in a way no one could ever have imagined.

They’re re also the same guys who have us up nights; their innovations freeing us from nature’s norms.

But, we humans have to sleep.

According to Southampton Hospital’s Dr. Howard Sklarek, a cardiologist with a specialty in pulmonary diseases and sleep apnea, “Lack of sleep causes poor physical and cognitive functions, compromising the immune system and creating a higher incident of heart disease.”

That might be enough to send you back to bed, but Dr. Sklarek also sees poor sleep quality as a growing issue: “A lot of us aren’t getting to Stage 4 rapid eye movement any more.”

The solution? Making time to rest so we can sleep; setting up time to unwind before bed; keeping SportsCenter and the late night TV guys out of our bedrooms.

And, also, plugging in Jobs’ devices somewhere else.

“Your mind and body depend on sleep to recuperate; without it, we break down,” says Dr. Sklarek.

Dr. Sklarek sounds like a nice guy.

Let’s take his remedy now rather than his prescriptions later.

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