Last night’s UW Radio show with T.S. Wiley, author of Lights Out, was definitely a classic.
We had way more live listeners than any other recent show. The switchboard was lit up like a Paul Chek show! Thank you for calling in with questions. We’ll definitely have to have her back on soon for an “Ask T.S.” show.
I feel like we only got to cover the basics. The second half of her book shows us how our poor sleep habits cause heart disease, cancer, and hypertension. For example, the hormones melatonin and prolactin (we make them when we sleep) are powerful antioxidants and immune modulators that protect us from cancer and oxidative stress. Also, when prolactin spills over into daytime, we become autoimmune (and fat). According to gluten expert Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, autoimmunity will be the number one cause of morbidity and mortality by this time next year. I wonder how much of that has to do with us staying up past our bedtimes.
We look high and low for solutions to our health and fitness challenges. Most of the time, we come up empty. For many of us, the solution may be under the covers in a pitch black room when the sun goes down.
Try it and see what happens.
We make this stuff so complicated. The key to health and vitality is simply living well. In 1900, we slept for half of our lives. Now, we only sleep for a quarter of them. And the things we’re doing during our waking hours like eating processed foods, over/under-exercising, and stressing out certainly aren’t helping our cause.
We need to wake up (after a good night’s sleep, of course) and get back in tune with nature in more ways that just eating whole foods and moving our bodies.
If you’re looking for the simplified explanation for why poor sleep makes you fat, tired, and sick, watch the video above.
I’m off to the movies.
Do something fun this weekend. Kick back and relax. Eat healthy foods. And don’t forget to get to bed on time.