Speed Reading — Catastrophic Sleep - Level 6 — 500 wpm

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New research shows that many people are not sleeping enough and that this is having a serious impact on health. Professor Matthew Walker from the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California warned that a "catastrophic sleep-misfortune plague" was putting people in danger of ill health. He said a continued lack of sleep was putting people at 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 of not sleeping enough negatively impacts every single aspect of our health and every part of our body.

Professor Walker warned that a lack of sleep is linked to debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. He warned that we are in a dangerous situation whereby we do not fully understand the very serious, "catastrophic" consequences of 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 of our sleep." He also blamed longer working hours and longer commuting times, a desire to be with friends more rather than sleep, mobile devices, and the increased availability of alcohol and caffeine. He also blamed anxiety and said: "We're a lonelier, more depressed society."

Comprehension questions
  1. What university does this research come from?
  2. What did the researcher say sleeplessness put people in danger of?
  3. How much sleep did a researcher say people need?
  4. What kind of life might people who lack sleep have?
  5. What parts of the body did a professor say sleeplessness affected?
  6. How many diseases did the professor link a lack of sleep to?
  7. What did the researcher say was a profound degrader of sleep?
  8. What two things did the researcher say were longer?
  9. What did the researcher say there was an increased availability of?
  10. What kind of society did the researcher say we now are?

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