Broadening our Perspective on Health & Wellness

Sleep - from Disney-Clipart.comDr. David Nash wrote an interesting article on KevinMD.com, noting “an unprecedented groundswell of interest in health and wellness — and the corresponding emergence of a Wellbeing Economy.” He described the Wellbeing Economy as accounting for “the health, social, and economic factors that affect the wellbeing of individuals, countries, and the world we live in.”

Examples included wellness programs in corporations and insurance plans, new university classes & degree programs stressing wellness, new research & technology developments, public sector policies on the federal & state level, and changes in health care delivery that includes wellness programs in retail clinics. But Nash did not mention the relationship between Sleep and Wellness, so I added the following comment.

My Comment

In addition to the increased public awareness of the importance of Health, Fitness, Wellbeing and Prevention, there is an increasing awareness of the positive effects of Restorative Sleep.

Per CDC, 30% of the workforce is sleep deprived, sleeping less than 6hrs per night when 7-9hrs is recommended (Short Sleep). That has a huge impact on work productivity, school performance, safety, and health, contributing to the $2.7 trillion that we spend each year on health care.

Here’s the relationship between Short Sleep and Health:

    • 20% more likely to die in 20 years,
    • 2.5 times higher Diabetes risk,
    • 48% higher Heart Disease risk,
    • 62% higher Breast Cancer risk,
    • 27% higher Obesity risk, and
    • expected Alzheimer’s relationship (not yet proven).

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