Lack of Sleep
The average person requires seven to eight hours per night. Lack of sleep affects our thinking, mental sharpness and behavior. There is further research indicating that sleep deprivation is a risk factor for stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, epilepsy and pain. What is strange is that loss of sleep may be a protective factor against Parkinson’s disease.
Numerous patients have told me that they can get by with little sleep. Maybe in the short term, but continued sleep deprivation in the long term will chip away mental sharpness and health.