Hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, autoimmune diseases, e.g. Hashimoto’s disease, which is so common today, and other thyroid diseases. Many patients are able to control diseases related to impaired glycemia or chronic inflammation only by changing their lifestyle. No drugs. It doesn’t always work out, but the chances are huge. The impact of sleep on our diet and health is so great – says Daria Łukowska, author of the book about sleep “How to sleep to get enough sleep”.
Marta Byczkowska-Nowak: I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that the idea of a healthy lifestyle has become a national hobby for several years – we are interested in nutrition, supplementation, and counting traffic jams. In all this, however, we seem to be forgetting something very important from the point of view of health. It’s about sleep.
Daria Łukowska: We are sleep deprived and this clearly and directly affects the quality of our life. I’m not just talking about insomnia, because it only affects about 10%. population, but about sleep quality disorders that affect our appearance, well-being and health, both on a daily basis and in the long term. Indeed, we do a lot to feel good – we buy gym memberships, invest in personal trainers, expensive cosmetics, beauty treatments, organic food, supplements…
… and we walk around the world like zombies – with a disturbed circadian rhythm, without energy, dreaming of the weekend.
That’s it. Many people still do not connect the topic of sleep with the topic of health. If I were to make a pyramid of a healthy lifestyle, sleep would be the basis, but it is the simplest, publicly available, free tool to feel good, look good and live a long, healthy life. Without this basis, we will not do anything, simply: We will not see the effects of diet, exercise or beauty treatments. Not to mention how much sleep deficiency affects various health problems.