Missing Just One Hour Of Sleep Skyrockets Your Risk Of Depression, Anxiety

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There are plenty of studies in the medical literature that look at severe sleep issues and how hard insomnia is on the human body…

…linking insomnia to:

 

(click to read articles I’ve written for you on these medical studies):

 

But today’s study goes further.

Because a new study  (presented at the American Academy of Neurology 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017) reveals that even a minor sleep disturbance… even a shortage of just ONE HOUR OF SLEEP… can significantly up your risk of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

 

The Study:

 

  • Researchers looked at data collected from over 20,800 adult participants
  • Participants were 50% women, 50% men, and an average age of 47.5 years old.

 

The Results:

 

  • After adjusting for age, sex, race, and body mass index, sleep duration was inversely associated with mental health.
  • Each hour of sleep made a statistically significant difference in the rates of depression, hopelessness, nervousness, restlessness and fidgeting.
  • Getting just one hour more of sleep significantly alleviated every single one of these symptoms.
  • One hour of sleep less significantly raised the risk of these symptoms — increasing the rates of each by 60 to 80%!  For example, getting 6 hours of sleep instead of 7 raised the rate of nervousness (by 80%) and depression (by 77%).
  • These rates compounded with each additional hour.  Getting two hours less sleep TRIPLED the rates of nervousness and hopelessness, and almost QUADRUPLED the rates of depression and restlessness.

 

 

Wow!

If just one hour less sleep increases your risk of depression, hopelessness and anxiety by up to 80%… if two hours less triples and quadruples your risk of the same… and if only one hour more sleep is shown to ameliorate these symptoms, we really need to take sleep seriously.

It’s no longer enough to just get by on fumes, stressing out your adrenals and hoping to just catch up your sleep deficit over the weekend.

Yes, we know chronic sleep issues are no way to live… increasing rates of Alzheimers and increasing severity of asthma attacks and upping ADHD symptoms and more.

But now we know, as little as a 60 minutes less sleep at night significantly affects mood and mental health too.

 

 

Not only that, but a study published in The Journal Of Neuroscience shows that if you have anxiety, sleep deprivation actually impacts you even more than it impacts other people.

 

“People who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation,”  says senior investigator Matthew Walker, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

Sleep has been in the forefront of the news for years now, ever since the death of Michael Jackson and the stunning testimony that he went for approximately 60 days without any deep, restorative REM sleep, which was likely responsible for a constellation of his symptoms including confusion, memory loss and paranoia.

It is thought that no human being has ever gone that long without restorative sleep before, as previous laboratory experiments show that rats die after only 5 weeks without restorative sleep.

 

Today’s medical study shows that we need to take even mild sleep impairment very very seriously.

If 60 minutes is enough to impact your body’s movements (causing nervousness and fidgeting) and negatively impact your mental outlook (increasing anxiety, depression and hopelessness) than we need to do everything we can do to maximize how restorative every minute of our sleep is, every night.

My recommendation?

 

Sleep grounded.

 

EEG studies of brain activity show that connecting to the soothing energy of the earth instantaneously shifts our brain wave patterns and reduces ambient stress levels.  Effortlessly getting into the relaxed but alert alpha brain wave pattern, which is seen in deep meditative states and restorative sleep states, is one of the hallmarks of grounding.  Deeper, more restorative sleep at night puts us in a zone of healing, which helps support everything… from decreasing your risk of dementia to ending your weight struggles.

 

 

Why is sleep so helpful?

 

Increased time spent in alpha brain wave patterns equals greater time in restorative sleep phases, which is when dreams occur.  This is why dreams often increase in intensity when we sleep grounded.
It’s no coincidence that REM sleep, the sleep where we are dreaming, processing information, integrating the events of the day and releasing that which we do not need to carry any longer so that we can move forward into the next day (in short: HEALING) correlates with the same energy resonating out from the core of Mother Earth.

It’s the Schumann Resonance

and it is the state of pure positive healing for our bodies to be bathed in.

 

While we sleep, our brain cycles through restorative phases of sleep and each time we do, our brains (and our entire body) are held in same frequency, a beautiful resonance, with the Earth’s healing energy.  This is why grounding to the earth is such a powerful way to support mood.  Grounding deepens sleep, reduces stress, boosts mood, boosts energy, relieves pain, among many other things like stabilizing blood sugar, supporting healthy blood pressure, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, supporting healthy bone density, normalizing cortisol levels, and much much more.

 

To take your sleep resonance to the next level, you can support your brain’s healing alpha state with the resonant energy of the Earth by directly grounding your body… simply by sleeping grounded.

By far the most powerfully conductive way to sleep grounded is this grounding Mattress Panel.

 

These mattress panels are made with medical grade stainless steel, which are infinitely superior to silver grounding products, which often stop working after just one single wash.

These mattress panels are so effective, they are the only grounding product on the market today that allows you to put a fitted sheet on top of it and still be grounded right through it, no direct skin contact required!

 

Find out more about these medical grade grounded Mattress Panels

and upgrade your sleep by clicking here.

xoxoxox, Laura