Medical researchers say sleep loss leads to serious health problems. Are you listening, Wynne, ERT?

serious health problems that can result from lack of sleep.
No kidding.
Our question is, why can’t the Ontario government and the Environmental Review Tribunals get this simple equation?

Turbines–>noise–>disturbed sleep= health problems

Here is the story.

Lack of sleep can lead to obesity, heart problems

Ottawa doctor says sleeping less than 6 hours a night can also lead to performance errors

By Kristy Kirkup, CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2014 5:30 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 19, 2014 8:48 AM ET
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Two Ottawa-based sleep doctors are sounding the alarm about the consequences of sleep deprivation.
Kristy Kirkup CBC Reporter
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Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist based at Ottawa’s Royal Mental Health Centre, said research indicates people who sleep fewer than six hours a day function like individuals who have have a blood alcohol level of 0.05.
“People don’t realize how impaired they are when they are sleep deprived,” he said.
Lee said this is concerning considering the increased number of people who sacrifice sleep to keep up with their lives.
In 2010, Statistics Canada found 46 per cent of Canadians cut into the time they spend sleeping in order to complete other activities.
But Lee said the consequences can be devastating.
“We know that the effects of sleep deprivation do not discriminate based on sex, intelligence, height, gender, fitness,” Lee said. “All of us are subject to the effects of sleep deprivation.”
Lee said less sleep can have drastic long-term effects on the mind and body.
“Everything from cardiovascular disease to an increase risk of car accidents, work performance errors,  more fatigue during the day, even obesity if you can believe it,” Lee said.
Lee said a lack of sleep can also contribute to performance errors and cognitive abilities.

Sleep deprivation linked to obesity

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, an obesity specialist based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, said there is a strong link between sleep and body weight.
Dr. Elliott Lee The Royal Mental Health Centre Ottawa sleep apnea specialist
Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist, treats patients with sleep disorders at The Royal Mental Health Centre in Ottawa. (CBC)
“We know that lack of sleep causes weight gain in kids, in adults,” Chaput said.
Chaput said people who sleep less to tend to eat more and be more inactive compared to those who sleep more.
His group recently conducted a study looking at all of the factors that contributed to weight gain and found that, even factoring for food intake and exercise, lack of sleep remained the number one factor.
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  • NoBirdChoppers
    Posted February 19, 2014 3:03 pm 0Likes

    The United Nations Committee against Torture
    (CAT) has noted that sleep deprivation used for prolonged periods constitutes a
    breach of the CAT, and is primarily used to break down the will of the detainee.
    Sleep deprivation can cause impaired memory and cognitive functioning, decreased
    short term memory, speech impairment, hallucinations, psychosis, lowered
    immunity, headaches, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stress,
    anxiety and depression. (3)


    (Gretchen Borchelt, JD & Christian Pross, MD)

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