Sleep

Critical to health. And better to sleep now and live later as more chance that later is the other side of the singularity.

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10 charts that show why sleep is so important – BBC News – 28-Oct-2017
Both short and long sleepers are more likely to live shorter lives.
Not enough sleep associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.
Shift workers get sick more often.
Genetic basis for being a morning lark or night owl.

Will better technology solve our sleep sorrows? – Tech Radar – 8-Oct-2017
The lack of sleep can contribute to a range of mental and physical illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity and poor mental health.
Tech brands are bolstering their efforts to try and solve our sleep problems for good.
But will more knowledge about our sleep patterns really give us more power to change them? Or will we run the risk of doing the opposite and actually losing sleep over our need to track it?

Rythm’s sleep-tracking wearable makes official debut – Mobi Health News – 15-June-2017
$499 Dreem headband uses dry polymer electrodes to track a user’s brain activity during sleep. Designed to feel like loungewear. Actively works to help users improve sleep by emitting a series of subtle, precise sounds directly to the inner ear. Scheduled to start shipping to customers this autumn.

Cut that lie-in short – New Scientist – 7-Jun-2017
Study looked at how waking and sleeping hours shift at the weekend.
For every extra hour a person’s schedule shifts, there is an 11 per cent increase cardiovascular disease.
This social jetlag is caused by social commitments conflicting with when our bodies want to sleep.

Sleep deprivation can lead to brain eating itself – Independent – 25-May-17
Synapses and cell processes in the mice’s frontal cortex measured.
Astrocytes start breaking down more of the brain’s debris.
Could be the brain’s way of “cleaning” up old brain “debris”.
Chronic sleep restriction also led to increased signs of microglial activation.

Praise for ‘sleep-protecting’ phones – BBC – 16-Jan-2016
Phones produce large amounts of bright, blue-spectrum light that damages the body’s ability to sleep.
Wavelengths of light at the blue-green end of the spectrum can stop melatonin being produced.
Prof Paul Gringras had accused tech giants of being irresponsible.

Lifespan linked to sleep – NHS – 5-May-2010
Sleeping less than six hours a night makes you 12% more likely to die prematurely than someone who sleeps up to eight hours.
30% increase linked with nine or more hours.