Sleep Deprivation and Your Health

Sleep Deprivation and Your Health.  Did you know that most Americans do not get enough sleep?  In fact, according to the National Sleep foundation, most Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep each night.  What most fail to realize, however, is that lack of sleep can actually shorten your life.

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Sleep Deprivation and Your Health.  For starters did you know that lack of sleep taxes your immune system the exact same way an infection does?  So if you compromise your immune system through sleep deprivation, what happens when you catch a cold?   You’ve basically overwhelmed your immune system.  As a result, your immune system cannot keep up with demand.  However, there are many other long term effects to sleep deprivation, including a shorter life span.

So just what are all of the complications of staying up too late?   For starters, did you know that driving while tired is about the same as driving with a 0.10 blood alcohol level?  That’s right, driving while tired is the same as driving drunk, if not worse.  In addition, lack of sleep increases the risk of:

  • Premature birth:  Pregnant mothers who don’t get enough sleep are at double the risk.
  • Decreased Productivity: workers sleeping less than six hours each night cost the U.S. $411 billion annually in lost productivity
  • Obesity, which is the number one cause of chronic diseases in the U.S.
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Better chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • High Blood pressure, which causes heart disease and stroke
  • A 50% elevated risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Premature aging, by affecting hormone production
  • Dying from any other cause

Sleep Medications

Perhaps your one of the millions of Americans who turn to sleep aids.  If you are here is some vital information for you.  Research shows that these drugs do not work.  In fact, they are only marginally better than a placebo, or sugar pill.  Sleep pills increased sleep time by 13 minutes.  Meanwhile, the placebo improved sleep time by 11 minutes.  At the same time, people who take sleeping pills increase their risk of cancer by 35 percent.  Sadly the risk of death is also four times higher.  Are those risks worth an extra 2 to 13 minutes of sleep?

The Natural Approach

So do you have trouble getting enough sleep?  Is it stress related?  At Redmond Ridge Nutrition & Chiropractic, we take a unique approach to helping your body sleep properly.  In fact we accomplish this by addressing the source of stress after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.  Scenarios may be helping your body manage stress properly, support for healthy adrenal function, or supporting healthy energy levels throughout the day so you’re actually tired at night.  We can also support healthy mood through helping your brain properly making the right chemicals.  Once testing is complete, we use a combination of dietary changes along with enzyme supplements that are safe, natural and effective at helping your body function normally.

Set up a Consultation

Are you concerned about your health, sleep or energy levels?  Perhaps you’re worried about a friend or family member?  Do your problems prevent you from doing what you love?   If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. If you do, I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.


After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep Deprivation causes health problems including obesity