New research shows that many people are not sleeping enough and that this is having a serious impact health. Professor Matthew Walker the Center Human Sleep Science the University California warned that a "catastrophic sleep-misfortune plague" was putting people danger ill health. He said a continued lack sleep was putting people risk from a large number of possibly fatal diseases. Professor Walker said people need eight hours sleep a night to stay healthy. He continued that people who don't sleep enough will have a shorter life. Walker said the effect not sleeping enough negatively impacts every single aspect our health and every part of our body.
Professor Walker warned that a lack sleep is linked to debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. He warned that we are a dangerous situation whereby we do not fully understand the very serious, "catastrophic" consequences not getting eight hours a night. He gave several reasons why we are sleeping less. He said: "First, we electrified the night. Light is a profound degrader our sleep." He also blamed longer working hours and longer commuting times, a desire to be friends more rather than sleep, mobile devices, and the increased availability alcohol and caffeine. He also blamed anxiety and said: "We're a lonelier, more depressed society."