Short Sleep Can Double Mortality… The Latest Research + How To Get That Extra Hour Of Life Saving Sleep

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I’m a big advocate for the importance of sleep, and have written these articles for you over the past year or two on how important sleep is:


And now we can add a few more reasons to get a good night’s sleep to the list:

  • decreasing heart attack and stroke risk
  • decreasing suicide risk
  • decreasing risk of preterm birth
  • and decreasing risk of childhood obesity and diabetes.


Cardiovascular disease


Dr. Fernandez Mendoza presented research on his study of sleep duration and it’s effect on heart attack and stroke outcomes at the 2017 SLEEP meeting: 31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

He looked at over 1,700 patients over a 16 year period and found that adults who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night have significantly worse outcomes in morbidity and mortality with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (heart attack and stroke.)

In fact, the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke literally DOUBLED in patients who routinely slept less than 6 hours a night.


Metabolic Syndrome


This study was followed by another study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in May 2017, where researchers found that short sleep duration at night doubled the risk of death in patients with metabolic syndrome.



Suicide Risk


Published June 2107 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers looked at over 4,800 college aged young adults, analyzing their sleep habits and suicide risk, and found that poor sleep was a stronger predictor of suicide risk than depressed mood was.

Which is interesting, because sleep can potentially be a more useful flag for suicide risk than mood and sleep may also be a more treatable therapeutic target than depression, or at the very least, adjustive therapy.

The good thing about sleep therapy is that, unlike other risk factors for suicide, there is very little stigma associated with sleep disturbance and is highly treatable.



Preterm Birth


Published in Obstetrics & Gynecology Sept 2017, a new study finds that sleep disorders increased risk for premature birth. Researchers looked at data on almost 3 million women in California from 2007 to 2012, and matched their risk for preterm birth with history of sleep disorder diagnosis.

Having a diagnosed sleep disorder raised their risk for going into preterm labor and giving birth prematurely by 70% — almost double the risk of women with no history of sleep disorders. The risk for premature rupture of membranes was 4 times the risk for women without sleep disorders. Sleep apnea more than double the risk of early preterm birth.

Note to clinicians — let’s screen pregnant women for sleep issues and offer non-pharmacological support for addressing insomnia and/or sleep apnea.


Childhood diabetes


Published Sept 2017 in Pediatrics, researchers following over 4,500 children (ages 9 & 10 years old) in the UK found that there was an inverse relationship between sleep and BMI, insulin levels and insulin resistance.

For every extra hour of sleep, BMI and fat mass declined by roughly 2%, insulin levels were 3% lower, and insulin resistance dropped by 3% as well. Getting extra sleep significantly reduced a child’s risk for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and excess body fat.

We already know that’s true because I’ve blogged about this over a year ago — the fact that even one extra hour of sleep is so important for children — you can read that article right here.


Taken together, these medical study show that we need to take even mild sleep impairment very very seriously. My recommendation is to 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. Grounding get’s our brain resonant with the Schumann Resonance of the earth 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…

…simply by sleeping grounded.


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xoxox, Laura