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Why sleep is so critical for optimal health

Do you scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feeds just before you go to sleep?  When you wake up during the night, do you reach for your phone and check your emails ?  Are you in the habit of watching TV or working on your computer till late at night?  These habits and routines could be the reason you feel so tired when you wake up in the morning and why you struggle to get to sleep at night.  If you think the reason you are up till midnight every night is because you are a night owl – think again.  There is no such thing.  You are more likely experiencing an upset circadian rhythm.  Trying to “get away with” 4 hours of sleep to meet a tight deadline might be OK in the short-term, but ultimately we all pay the price for lack of sleep. It is usually our health, memory, waistlines and energy levels that suffer.  Our early ancestors never had these concerns. Their day started at sunrise and ended when the sun went down, which synchronized perfectly with their circadian rhythm.

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