#Health: Lack of sufficient sleep is ‘as bad as smoking & being drunk’ – Oxford neuroscientist


According to Prof Russell Foster, a neuroscientist from the University of Oxford, people who rise too early or get by on too little sleep are just as bad as smokers, and can function as poorly as drunks, says leading neuroscientist as he urges the country to get back to bed.

According to him, lack of sleep is damaging the health of the nation, with too many early risers trying to function with brain skills so damaged they could be drunk. People who boast about getting by on less than five hours sleep should be shunned like smokers, because of the harm which can be caused by short sleeping…

The comments follow studies which suggest that working night shifts speeds up the ageing process, and is linked to increasing risks of cancer, heart disease and type two diabetes.

Prof Foster, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, called for a change in attitudes towards getting an early night.

The neuroscientist raised concern that sleep deprivation could cause risks not just in jobs such as healthcare and transport, where dangers were obvious, but also could damage the quality of crucial decisions…

 

– Telegraph.co.uk

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