眠らない人は太る、病気になる―肥満、糖尿病、うつ、ガンと「睡眠」の関係 単行本 – 2001/3
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When it comes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression, everything you believe is a lie.
With research gleaned from the National Institutes of Health, T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby deliver staggering findings: Americans really are sick from being tired. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression are rising in our population. We’re literally dying for a good night’s sleep.
Our lifestyle wasn’t always this way. It began with the invention of the lightbulb.
When we don’t get enough sleep in sync with seasonal light exposure, we fundamentally alter a balance of nature that has been programmed into our physiology since day one. This delicate biological rhythm rules the hormones and neurotransmitters that determine appetite, fertility, and mental and physical health. When we rely on artificial light to extend our day until 11 p.m., midnight, and beyond, we fool our bodies into living in a perpetual state of summer. Anticipating the scarce food supply and forced inactivity of winter, our bodies begin storing fat and slowing metabolism to sustain us through the months of hibernation and hunger that never arrive. Our own survival instinct, honed over millennia, is now killing us.
Wiley and Formby also reveal:
-That studies from our own government research prove the role of sleeplessness in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility, mental illness, and premature aging
-Why the carbohydrate-rich diets recommended by many health professionals are not only ridiculously ineffective but deadly
-Why the lifesaving information that can turn things around is one of the best-kept secrets of our day.
Lights Out is one wake-up call none of us can afford to miss. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
It all starts with a question: Why are we all so sick? The richest, most well fed, most comfortable and pampered people to have every existed. Why do we suffer from diseases and syndromes that have never existed before, are present only in our culture and have no known cures or certain treatment?
From that stems other questions: What is health? What does it mean to be healthy? In our culture we have impressed upon the minds of our people that healthy equals a six pack, the sexual stamina of an 18 year old, a wrinkle free brow and the correct BMI.
We are off course because our answers to these questions are incorrect. We are trying to answer them by looking ahead, toward finding a magical (medical) solution (or pill) that will eliminate the problem. Instead, we should be looking backward, to the beginning, seeking the source of the problem and noting what changed at its inception.
That is exactly what the authors have done in Lights Out. They combed an abundance of medical studies and data (nearly a third of the books pages are end notes and citations), seeking the historical introduction of heart disease, cancer, depression, mental illness, diabetes and other "modern" illnesses. None of which existed on a large scale before.
What changed? Light.
We took over the night and our bodies have been freaking out ever since. They cannot adapt because we create an ever increasing number of distractions and light sources - things that keep us going 24/7, without rest.
The essence of the argument is that the human body was designed and adapted for certain cycles. When it is summer - light - we are to hunt and eat, as much as we can for as long as we can, there is no off switch. Our job is to prepare for the winter months - dark - when food will be limited and we will need to live off of our accumulated fat stores. During summer, we stay up late, experience tremendous stress (of the hunt), eat too much and push our bodies and minds to their limits.
In the winter we are designed to rest. To sleep more. Conserve our energy. Experience less (or no) stress. Our bodies survive on stored energy and heals and repairs itself in preparation for the coming summer. The two seasons balance each other.
In our lives, balance does not exist. Darkness NEVER comes. We sleep with the TV on, clock radio shining in our faces, cell phone shining into nowhere, street lights glaring - we can now see in the "dark." All of this light registers in your body as "summer," it cannot fully relax or rest - it keeps your systems up in anticipation of an attack or threat.
Light wants sugar. Carbs! Calories for the coming winter. In our society, winter never comes. It is always summer and we never stop consuming sugar. It is available EVERYWHERE. It fuels our economy. We eat, snack, eat, snack and drink all day long and into the "night."
Our bodies do not know what to do. Moral of the story. Go to bed. Get some sleep, in the dark. Doing so will go a long way in helping curb your appetite for carbs, allow your body to reset itself and improve mental and physical functioning.
There is so much great information in this book. It is not a difficult read. Totals around 200 pages. It will forever change how you view daily living in the West.