Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer?s ? and what you can do about it

How many people who live under satellite-based flight paths experience a solid eight hours of sleep? Many residents are woken up at 5:00 a.m. or earlier in Roslindale, MA from Logan Airport’s repeat departures. Residents of Milton MA experience 4R arrivals often from 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Is the four hours allowed by Massport and the FAA a healthy amount of sleep?

When Walker talks about sleep he can?t, in all conscience, limit himself to whispering comforting nothings about camomile tea and warm baths. It?s his conviction that we are in the midst of a ?catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic?, the consequences of which are far graver than any of us could imagine. This situation, he believes, is only likely to change if government gets involved.

This article first appeared in The Guardian on September 24, 2017.

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