Can You Die From Lack of Sleep? | The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter M.D. | Animated Review

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels
which purpose is to extract and flush out toxic waste products from tissues. These vessels circulate all throughout your
body except for the brain, which for the past centuries had been speculated to lack such
a system. Either the brain had no toxins need cleansing,
or the latter were transported to other regions of the body for the lymphatic vessels to do
the job, this was the prominent assumption. However, not until recently researchers Antoine
Louveau and Aleksanteri Aspelund, in 2015, uncovered that the central nervous system(the
brain), does have a similar mechanism alike the lymphatic, which was coined “the glymphatic
system”. Its function is no different; the purification
of the brain from biological debris. However the breakthrough wasn’t only this,
but in figuring out that the main waste product the glymphatic system is deleting is “amyloid
beta”, a protein notorious for causing alzheimer’s upon excess of accumulation. The rest of the toxic materials flushed out
were found related to other neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Hold on, the best is yet to come. Maiken Nedergaard, Danish neuroscientist complemented
this with her research revealing how the glymphatic toxin-cleansing mechanism turns 60% more active
only when you’re asleep. If that be the case, imagine then, the consequences
of long-term sleep-deprivation. Yes, Alzheimer’s and a retarded brain. Just kidding, but it’s true. The beta-amyloid Alzheimer’s protein as well
as other brain junk are often generated during daytime due to the energy which the brain
burns up in the processing of all kinds of conscious tasks. When you go to sleep, the brain is no longer
used actively, and thus has chance to allocate more fuel for maintenance processes to battle
waste products. Staying up late at night, deprives your brain
of this replenishment. A thing to keep mind, the productivity of
the glymphatic system also shoots up especially when you sleep on your side in contrast to
other sleeping-positions. In a 2015 study by Aric Prather of the university
of San Francisco focused on the correlation between short sleep duration and cold-scuceptibility. 164 healthy men and women, aged between 18
and 55, were injected the rhinovirus and assessed in the course of a week. Eventually, results had shown those who slept
less than six hours, or between five and six, had higher risks of catching a cold. Whereas the ones who slept seven hours, or
between six and seven didn’t get sick. It appears that our immune system gets weakened
by a short sleep duration. All in all, just average about seven hours
a night and you’re good to go. However, some people need less, others more
depending on certain factors I’ll discuss subsequently. A new study by a research-group from Taipei,
demonstrated how sleep disturbances contribute to higher prospects of developing autoimmune
system disorders, among which are “rheumatoid arthritis”, “ankylosing spondylitis”, systemic
sclerosis and sjogren’s syndrome; each of which by themselves can cause additional complications. I thought I knew a thing or two about sleep
but this was a massive paradigm shift. You’ll never look at your pillow the same
way again. Particularly breast cancer and shift work
have the strongest link especially with women who work night-shifts. To be precise, these women are expected to
double their risk of breast cancer only after 30 years of working this type of job. While it’s needless to say that there are
others factors which can cause the illness, like smoking, sleep issues are the biggest
however. Reason is, the exposure of women shift-workers
to artificial light during the night induces the repression of Melatonin. As this hormone is known to regulate your
internal clock, and signal to the body when it should sleep or awaken. Repressed in an unhealthy way like in shift-work,
your internal clock becomes unbalanced; i.e. the body no longer differentiates whether
it is time to hit the sack or wake up, which results in a circadian rhythm disorder like
insomnia. How these sleep problems relate to breast
cancer was demonstrated by a recent studies. It had shown that the purpose of Melatonin
is more than a sedative that puts the body to sleep. This hormone has been also been proven as
an anticarcinogen and anti-tumor. It literally hinders the development of cancer. In a few words, getting proper sleep is a
stepping stone to long-term cancer prevention. Now speaking of women who already have the
illness, epidemiologist Amanda Phipps depicted in her findings that breast cancer patients
who sleep seven hours or more are very likely to boost their survival estemate, compared
to those who sleep less than five hours. Likewise, risk of prostate cancer in “older”
men has also been studied and shown to be connected to sleep duration & quality. Before we continue, I need to clarify that
a night or two spent working or partying once in a while isn’t going to affect you in any
significant way, provided you maintain a healthy sleep schedule in most days. The conditions I’ve been discussing can only
develop as a result of long term, chronic sleep deprivation; so don’t get too paranoid
about your occasional delayed bedtime. However your mood “can” be affected even by
short-term sleep disruptions as we will see in the following. According to the author’s observation, “some”
psychologists do not diagnose a person as depressed unless he’s been experiencing insomnia
all along. The latter and mood disorders seem to be largely
intertwined. Apart from insomnia, waking up several times
a night, whatever the cause may be, interrupts the sleep process, which increases the odds
of experiencing negative emotions the next day. Apparently, sleep interruption engenders more
drastic effects than that of short sleep duration as researcher Patrick Finan denoted in his
2015 study. He goes on to say that subjects who’d been
“forced” to wake up from sleep had less positive moods during the day, in contrast with those
who “did” delay bedtime, but hadn’t had their sleep fragmented or disturbed. The increased negative moods are to be witnissed
especially after the second night of interrupted sleep he said. Drawing on this I’d speculate that recurrent,
or even occasional sleep fragmentation may accumulate to bring about enormous debilitating
effects on your emotional health. Often we’re too immersed in daily tasks that
we begin to overlook our health and the conceivibly trivial components of its optimization. Sleep is not just laying down, dying for a
couple hours, perhaps encountering some weird imagery we call dreams, then waking up. Under this surface layer description, a whole
process in which countless body/mind regenerative mechanisms are activated. Every part of your system needs detoxification,
most of which happen in sleep. I hope this video serves as inspiration or
fear-based motivation to get your sleep problems handled. Most of the breakthroughs discussed are mentioned
in the book. Plus, I’ve left external links in the description
for each study we’ve seen in case you’re interested. And By the way, youtube policy concerning
subscription updates has changed. Please make sure to click that bell button,
tick, then save, otherwise you won’t be notified when I post out a new video. Thanks for watching and have a good night’s

Comments 8

  • Sup'

    Whether you're suffering from daytime fatigue despite your getting good sleep, have a hard time dozing off, or just looking to prevent potential insomnia, this book is for you.

    Today I review the first chapter which tackles the significance of sleep as a body/mind regenerative process. Not having enough, the body literally becomes intoxicated, and thus optimal functioning debilitated.

    I have chosen this book among others for it's packed with tons of groundbreaking scientific evidence (most of which are newly made studies in between 2014 and 2017), are cited in the book in compact, summarized form in order to not bore the reader and the author's sense of humor, his real-life anecdotes, do justice to the latter as well.

    I hope you stop underestimating this powerful process after watching
    this video. If it was an eye-opener for you, share this with friends
    whom are reckless about their sleep, you might save a soul or two.

    Thanks for watching.
    You can support the channel by reading the book:

  • im going back 2 bed XD

  • Nice video, although I did mis a introduction in the beginning of the video. you went straight into the deep and made it hard to follow.

  • Another amazing video full of amazing information which makes me even happier than I already was that I no longer have a shift work 🙂
    Thank you for sharing, I can see you put a lot of thought and work into the video, great job!

  • stop this black and white thing. videos don't seem particular without color in the preview image

  • I love how you make videos based on books you read and from reaserching they are very interesting 🙂

  • I know you're having some hard time with increasing your views,but keep the hard work going on these videos because they're really inspiring,Thanks dude.

  • Hi 👋

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