New research focuses on the dangers of sleep deprivation and steps to prevent their effect on health.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 16, 2008 -- New research from Stanford University has added to a growing body of evidence warning of the ill effects of sleep deprivation. Their study discovered that the body's peak disease battling immune system activity occurs at night, while the immune system is weakest during the day. Sleep deprivation is caused by a combination of factors however lack of sufficient exercise during the day and the corresponding ill effects is perhaps the most pervasive. Treadmill desks offer a solution which increases the activity of the immune system during the day and assists in the body's ability to engage in restorative sleep at night.
Mimi-Shirasu-Hiza, one of the Stanford researchers stated, "These results suggest that immunity is stronger at night, consistent with the hypothesis that circadian proteins up regulate restorative functions such as specific immune responses during sleep, when animals are not engaged in metabolically costly activities." In other words, quality nightly sleep is critical for the body to fight off disease.
The dangers of sleep deprivation go beyond disease prevention and have been documented in numerous studies. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 100,000 vehicle crashes are the direct result of insufficient sleep resulting in 1,500 deaths annually. Individuals receiving less than 7.5 hours of sleep on a regular basis are at a greater risk for stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, obesity and a multitude of other diseases. Treadmill desks, allowing individuals to walk during work hours, combat all of these risk factors and as an added benefit assist an individual in achiev
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