Sleep, health and happiness; how to understand them and get them

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Neglect Your Sleep – Wreck Your Health and Happiness:

Eleven ways lack of sleep damages you, and eighteen powerful strategies for getting great sleep!

Front cover, Sleep Book 2022Renata Taylor-Byrne, December 2022-January 2023

Hello and welcome to this page of introductory information about my newest, briefest, and most important book on the linkages between sleep, on the one hand, and your health and happiness on the other.

It also includes everything you need to know to make sure you always get a good night’s sleep, every night, without the useless palliatives of sleeping pills and/or alcohol and/or drugs.

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Preface

How much do you know about the importance of sleep?

This is the “bottom line” of the knowledge we all need:

If you want to wreck your health, reduce your sleep.

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Sleep and laughter have often been seen as the best medicine for good health and happiness.

The Dali Llama sleeps for nine hours every night, while Donald Trump only gets five hours. It is obvious which of them is the happiest and healthiest!

Margaret Thatcher also famously had inadequate sleep, and ended her life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. (See Chapter 10 for the evidence of a link between inadequate sleep and Alzheimer’s disease).

In this book, I want to give you the most important scientific research information about the negative impact of insufficient sleep, based on the latest research findings from experts. And then to show you how to improve your sleep.

Part One of the book lays out the evidence of how lack of sleep harms your body and mind. That’s the bad news, which you really need to know. This is then followed, in Part Two, by the good news: How to take back control of this precious part of your daily life!

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Front cover, Sleep Book 2022Here’s are three example of what lack of sleep can do to you:

Firstly: Austin Perlmutter, an American trainee doctor, went through his first year of training as a neurosurgeon. As a result of his lack of sleep during his training, his immune system did not protect him from the following illnesses which came, one after the other: First he got oesophagitis (an inflammatory disease which makes swallowing extremely painful). Then he developed dysentery; then chicken pox; and then mumps! [i]

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Secondly: Apparently, employers who hire workers for night shift work are under the impression that the workers will slowly change their biological patterns and their bodies will adapt to night work. But this is not true: “No matter how many years a shift worker spends on permanent night shifts, nearly all (97%) remain synchronised to daytime.” Foster (2022)[ii]

As a consequence, night shift workers can become overweight; their memories can be negatively affected; they can become very unwell; and they have a significantly higher divorce rate than day workers.

Regarding the impact of night shift working on marriage: One study conducted in America revealed that in the first five years of marriage, if a couple had children and the father worked night shifts, then the likelihood of them divorcing or separating was six times higher than it was for the day time workers. (Foster, 2022).

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Third: Because having a new baby can result in sleepless nights, American researchers wanted to find out what the effects were, on the mother, of having sleep-disrupted nights for the first six months after the child’s birth.[iii] The main finding was that the biological ages of the mothers was increased more than normal in those mothers who slept less than seven hours per night. The message was that a sleepless child can age mothers by three to seven years (in just six months!), if the mother doesn’t catch up on her sleep. This is because their bodies are damaged at the cellular level. Specifically, they develop shorter ‘telomeres’ (which protect the vital information in our DNA)[1] and this places them at increased risk of heart problems and cancer.

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Front cover, Sleep Book 2022Waking up every morning with a well-rested and fully recharged body and mind, full of energy for the day ahead, is a wonderful goal to aim for. And it can be done, with the right kind of information and sufficient self-discipline.

This kind of lifestyle goal becomes even more important the older we get, and this book’s insights and strategies will help you to pursue that goal!

However, there are no quick fixes for sleep problems! This is the real world. But there are life-enhancing systematic solutions, which this book will teach you. These solutions will transform your energy level, protect your physical and mental health, and contribute towards having good quality interpersonal relationships.

This book is divided into three parts. Part One comprises eleven short chapters, each dealing with one aspect of the way lack of sleep damages your body and mind, which you need to know if you are to motivate yourself to manage your sleep effectively.

Part 2 consists of two chapters.  In Chapter 13, I describe the top five sleep destroyers. And in Chapter 14, I present eighteen strategies you can use to make sure you get plenty of great quality sleep.

Part 3 consists of one chapter: Chapter 15 – Concluding statement.

This is followed by a References List, containing an alphabetical list of the books that I mentioned in the text.

There are then two appendices which describe two highly effective techniques for not only improving your sleep, but also having a very positive effect on your daily life.

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Front cover, Sleep Book 2022In this book, I aim to give you the information you need to understand the vital importance of sleep for your life, so that by the end of the book, you will start respecting your sleep needs much more – plus those of your children, if you have them. In the process, I hope you will change your sleep-related behaviour so you can enjoy the complete bliss of restful, restorative, strengthening sleep.

My aim in this short book is to give you three things, in the main:

Firstly, I will paint a vivid picture of the power of nature and the way your body has evolved to need an adequate amount of good quality sleep every night.  I will explore the quantity and quality of sleep that you need.

Secondly, I will present a clear understanding of the reasons why lack of sleep has a hugely destructive effect on your body and mind.

And thirdly, I will aim to help you to develop a high level of respect for your own biological need for sleep; and a strong attraction to the feeling of being well-rested and full of energy: The energy you need to power you through your daily life, for the rest of your life!

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Renata Taylor-Byrne, Hebden Bridge, December 2022.

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Front cover, Sleep Book 2022[1] Telomeres protect the terminal regions (or ends) of chromosomal DNA from progressive degradation, which slows the aging process of cells.

[i] Perlmutter, D., and Perlmutter, A. (2020). Brain Wash: Detox your mind for clearer thinking, deeper relationships and lasting happiness. London, Yellow Kite: Hodder and Stoughton.

[ii] Foster, R. (2022). Life Time: The new Science of the Body Clock, and how it can revolutionise Your Sleep and Health. Dublin: Penguin Life.

[iii] Metro (2021).’Sleepless child can age mothers by seven years’. The Metro Newspaper, (page 7). Monday August 9th