I have known for a long while that sleep deprivation can lead to many health issues.

I recall that during my premenopausal experience, during the time when I was plagued with stress, depression, and insomnia, I experienced many symptoms that left me very frightened.   For a few years, I slept for 3 hours, awoke, and could not go back to sleep.  This left me feeling tired all the time. Fatigued, unable to focus and concentrate.  Forgetful and irritable.  Light-headed with severe heart palpitations.  I experienced jittery feelings and always felt afraid.  Constipation and gastric reflux, nervousness in my stomach.  The list goes on.

Today I was listening to a report on the radio that stated that research of 25 years, including 8,000 people concluded that less than 6 hours of sleep per night in middle-aged can increase our risk for dementia.

Since incorporating at least 8 hours of sleep at night into my Healthy Lifestyle, the above mentioned symtoms have all resolved.  In my book, EAT SLEEP MEDITATE A NURSE’S GUIDE TO HEALTH, I have emphasized the importance of getting adequate sleep as part of our daily Healthy Lifestyle in order to help us to enjoy a healthy and vibrant life….hopefully, free of Dementia.

Marva Riley, Registered Nurse.  Author of EAT SLEEP MEDITATE A NURSE’S GUIDE TO HEALTH