Insomnia Could Be Good, Studies Suggest


Eating plenty of vegetables, drinking tons of water, and getting 8 hours of sleep have always been touted as the keys to good health. Making healthy lifestyle choices are important in extending life expectancy and lowering mortality rates. Sleep has the ability to take a toll on the health of individuals. Insomnia, which is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a disorder that makes falling asleep a daunting task or the inability to maintain a sleep cycle once asleep.

It is no shock that sufferers of insomnia feel frustration with the situation, as sleep seems just out of reach. The media are filled with negative diatribes on the dangers of limited sleep, creating even more of a sense of deficiency for insomniacs. However, a report released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that studies done in reference to sleep or the lack thereof were lacking in significant evidentiary findings pertaining to the harms of sleep deprivation.

In fact, sleep is still a scientific and medical mystery. The studies have left scientists scratching their heads for lack of true evidence supporting the theory that lack of sleep can cause any harm. Insomnia has been the subject of much speculation, especially recently, as news that insomnia can cause a higher risk of stroke and other health problems circulate through the media. However, this data is not conclusive due to the fact that none of the data collected by scientific analysis has been conclusive to support the claims.

The truth is, enormous pharmaceutical industries depend on the public to believe that insomnia in any sense of the word is endless and could potentially mean death. This type of propaganda is rampant in the mainstream society today. For this reason, 50% of the population actually suffers from insomnia because the condition has been so loosely defined and the public frightened into fueling the campaign by purchasing more and more pharmaceuticals. This is a vicious cycle as the people are led like so many sheep to the slaughter in the name of bank money.

Insomnia, unless in very extreme and rare cases, is not an enemy. In fact, the inability to sleep has a simple explanation-the body simply does not feel the need to recharge. In fact, insomnia can have significant benefits for the body when individuals understand the truth behind it. The life expectancy of an individual partaking of 8 or more hours of sleep each night is actually on average less than an individual experiencing a certain degree of sleep deprivation. It has been suggested that insomnia is actually proof of a more efficient cellular recovery system due to the fact that the body requires less recovery time and experiences longer periods of wakefulness in between.

Insomniacs do not necessarily have to fear that death or disease lies waiting around the corner. While it is important to maintain open communication between patients and physicians, there is little to fear with some sleeplessness as long as an individual maintains the ability to function. Some people experiencing sleeplessness enjoy strong metabolisms and physical hardiness that is not experienced by 8 hours per night sleepers. Time spent in wakefulness as opposed to sleep can be utilized advantageously and generally, it can actually help the body and the brain rather than causing unneeded stress.

By J.A. Johnson


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