More Ways Our Sleeping Schedules Are Going to Kill Us
Bad news for college students: scientists have discovered a link between “broken biological clocks” and heart disease. And yes, freshman, that includes interrupted circadian rhythms. So does this new finding mean we all need to buckle down and get our full 6-8 hours every night? I don’t know about the rest of you, but on average I get about five hours of sleep every night and that is just not a change that I am prepared or qualified to make. Well according to this study, “a wealth of evidence shows that skimping on sleep and working against the body’s natural daily, or circadian, rhythms can raise the risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.” In other words, we all need to stay far away from Atkins and integrate Cheerios into our daily routine. While this is disheartening for most of us to hear, it allows current heart disease patients to receive better treatment. When doctors can pinpoint the root of the malady, they can directly address the brain or the heart and more effectively treat their patients. So at least when we all have clogged arteries years from now, our doctors will know to go to the brain and check out our biological clock.