Dr Oz: America’s Sleep Epidemic
Lack of sleep is the greatest hidden threat to our nation’s health, and it’s an epidemic. He was joined by the Huffington Post, Facebook, and ShareCare, to help prevent the health conditions that attributed to lack of sleep. Dr Oz visited Harlem, New York sleep to launch a sleep revolution. Arianna Huffington and Dr Oz spoke to residents there about the importance of getting enough sleep, as Huffington admitted she once collapsed from sleep deprivation.
Dr Oz and the Huffington Post opened a church for the day, to talk to members of the community with the help of doctors, about their quality of sleep. Arianna and Dr Oz also looked at some of the latest tools hoping to help improve quality of sleep and prevent sleep deprivation. They even learned more about using yoga to ease into sleep.
Dr Oz: Arianna Huffington On Sleep
The Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, then sat down with Dr Oz. Arianna first expressed surprise at the number of people who seemed to blame themselves for needing sleep or feeling tired. She pointed out that sleep is free, accessible, and can dramatically change our lives, health, and happiness.
Nine years ago, Arianna was a “zombie” because of sleep deprivation. She felt that she needed to give up sleep in order to be a better mom and businesswoman. She collapsed and woke up in a pool of blood, which served as a wake up call. She reminded everyone that humans are not machines.
Dr Oz: Transforming The Way You Sleep
Arianna connected with a few women at the pop-up clinic in Harlem, including a “workaholic” in her 30’s. For her, Arianna suggested a nightly routine to help her ease into sleep in order to get closer to the recommended 7-9 hours a night. For a busy mom, Arianna suggested that she look at sleep as mandatory, rather than optional, before getting on a sleeping schedule, in order to be more productive throughout the day.
Before the clinic, that busy mom was sleeping four hours a night. Since taking Arianna’s advice, she began sleeping eight, almost nine hours a night. Arianna stressed the importance of putting all devices away at least 30 minutes before sleep. Sleep is the most important thing you can do for yourself to improve your health, that no one can do for you.
Dr Oz: Driving While Tired
If you Google “why am I” the first option that shows up is “why am I so tired.” Arianna Huffington then shared the one fatal mistake that too many people are making: getting behind the wheel when they are tired. More drivers get into accidents because of “drowsy driving” than drunk driving. More than 6,000 deaths are attributed to drowsy driving, and approximately 60% of Americans admit to drowsy driving, and men tend to be guiltier than women.
To find out more about drowsy driving, Dr Oz and Arianna Huffington gave an Uber driver the night off. They gave three women rides while talking about their sleep habits. Dr Oz explained that if you can’t remember the last two miles that you drove, you shouldn’t be driving and need to pull over. There’s an app being made by ShareCare that can determine if you’re too tired to drive just by listening to the sound of your voice.
Dr Oz: Poor Food Choices Because Of Lack Of Sleep
Another side effect of sleep deprivation is bad food choices. A brand new study found that when you don’t get enough sleep, the same hormones that give you the “munchies” are elevated, making it more difficult to resist unhealthy foods. That hormone peaks in the afternoon. The people in the study who were sleeping less than five hours a night, ended up eating nearly 400 extra calories a day, which is an extra 40 pounds a year! Sleep is essential, even if it means skipping the gym just to be sure you’re getting enough rest.
Arianna then announced that Dr Oz and the Huffington Post are partnering to bring health news to more readers. Arianna and Dr Oz want to hear from you about your sleeping habits! So what have you found works to help you get a better night’s sleep?