Sleep, Light and Modern Disease
As a nation, we are sick because we don’t SLEEP! We are fat and diabetic because we don’t SLEEP! We are dying from cancer and heart disease because we don’t SLEEP!! Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer——-are caused by short nights, by working crazy long hours, by, literally, burning the candle at both ends, and by the electricity that gives us the ability to do it.
The cause is most certainly not overeating fat or a lack of exercise. When the extended day length by artificial light-and-dark cycles became the norm a short seventy years ago with the widespread use of the light bulb, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer suddenly became the official causes of death on the coroner’s report. Ever since these dis-eases began to surface as major killers around mid-century, the efforts on the part of science and medicine to explain the startling rise never examined any other overwhelming environmental change except diet! And all of these years later, as Americans continue to die, the doctors and researchers all continue to fish in the same pond.