The high cost of sleep deprivation

In this thoughtful article in the Harvard Business Review, you get a good idea of the widespread and devastating effect of sleep deprivation on our society.

In a study our research team conducted of hospital interns who had been scheduled to work for at least 24 consecutive hours, we found that their odds of stabbing themselves with a needle or scalpel increased 61%, their risk of crashing a motor vehicle increased 168%, and their risk of a near miss increased 460%.

It’s bad enough that people are killing themselves by not sleeping adequately, but in many areas of society we’d certainly be appalled if we knew how many avoidable accidents are a direct result of sleep deprivation.

Metals and the mind

This is a really deep and fascinating article on metals and their effects on the body. It brings up the concept that the same compound that the body uses as a nutrient can also be a toxin if the amount is out of balance with complementary nutrients.

These two problems—adrenal fatigue and toxic metal buildup—are strongly related because you cannot excrete metal without good adrenal function. Adrenal function needs to be pretty close to normal or you will start retaining metals, because the adrenal glands have such a big part to play in the proper handling of metals in the body.

The first sign of adrenal fatigue is reliance on stimulants. If the idea of going without your stimulant is an issue, you have adrenal fatigue. There, you have taken the test, now you know.

via Metals and the Mind