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message 1: by Petra-X (new)

Petra-X I enjoyed your review. Next week though I'm sure there will be a book called, Sleep Less and Live More. Almost every time there is book about health, within a few years there is another one saying the opposite.


message 2: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Petra X wrote: "...Almost every time there is book about health, within a few years there is another one saying the opposite."

Everything new I learn about maintaining good health requires more time. There's exercise, sleep, and eating. Hardly any time for work. Fortunately I'm retired so I have time to write book reviews.


message 3: by Grumpus (new)

Grumpus Adults forty-five years or older who sleep fewer than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke" -- Yikes, that's sobering. I'm thankful that I get about 7 hours per night. Great public service message. I'll be sure to read this one.


message 4: by BlackOxford (new)

BlackOxford Finally, an excuse for my afternoon naps.


message 5: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Grumpus wrote: "Adults forty-five years or older who sleep fewer than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke" -- Yikes, that's sobering. I'm thankful that I get about 7 hours per n...

Your highlighting that quote made me ponder the meaning of 200%. The number 200 seems like a large number. Intuitively my first thought was that it must mean 200 times greater. But no, 200% greater is the same as three times greater. Which is still a good reason to get plenty of sleep.


message 6: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. So interesting!

Does the author talk about the consequences of people who work shifts. There are definitely more and more people in the work force who do crazy hours, on-call, or flight attendants who constantly change time zones.

Time for my nap...zzz


message 7: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Mikey B. wrote: "...Does the author talk about the consequences of people who work shifts. ..."

He does indeed, and it's a health hazard. Note that one on the quotations sited in my review states the fact that the the World Health Organization has designated nighttime shift work as a "probable carcinogen."


message 8: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Thanks - noticed that in the last sentence!!
I use to work shift work, my son works shift work at a hospital.
We live increasingly in 24/7 society


message 9: by Jaffrey (new)

Jaffrey Yusuf Hi Clif, does the author say if 7 hours constitute as optimum sleep? Or do we need to hit 8 hrs?


message 10: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Jaffrey wrote: "Hi Clif, does the author say if 7 hours constitute as optimum sleep? Or do we need to hit 8 hrs?"

It was my impression that he was urging eight hours as a desirable goal, but people vary and seven hours is probably OK for many people. A bit of time has passed since I listened to the book, so my memory may have faded a bit. I recommend you read or listen to the book for yourself.


message 11: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson What a great review, Clif. The book goes on my list.


message 12: by Lilo (last edited Dec 10, 2018 06:47PM) (new)

Lilo Hi, Clif! Thank you for this wonderful and highly health-beneficial review. I read your review carefully (together with my husband) and also went to all the links you gave.

My husband and I will take the info to our hearts. That is, my husband (who, btw, is intolerable when he doesn't have enough sleep) will get back to his earlier habit and take an afternoon nap when he doesn't get enough sleep at night. (He tends to wake up early, unable to go back to sleep.) And I, who I seem to be unaffected by occasionally only a few hours of sleep (I have trouble going to sleep at night) will now see to it that I'll stay in bed long enough to get my desired 7 1/2 to 8 hours.

I added the above book to my ridiculously long TBR list. Even gave it a priority marker. But I don't think that I will get around to read it any time soon. We were evacuated (to a [then] vacant rental property we own in town) because of a wildfire. We had 3 wildfires this year endangering our property. For this reason, we are presently organizing the renovation of an old house on a quite wildfire-safe little acreage we own 15 miles from our main residence (a beautiful but extremely wildfire-endangered property), where we intend to spend all future wildfire seasons, as we don't wish to get another mandatory evacuation order with 1/2 hour to get out (with 15 cats, 2 dogs, and 8 chickens). This renovation project keeps us very busy, and I have, therefore, presently very little time for reading and being active on GR.


message 13: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Lilo wrote: "Hi, Clif! Thank you for this wonderful and highly health-beneficial review. I read your review carefully (together with my husband) and also went to all the links you gave.

My husband and I will t..."


Yes, sleep and a busy life sure are competitors for time.


message 14: by Lilo (new)

Lilo Clif wrote: "Lilo wrote: "Hi, Clif! Thank you for this wonderful and highly health-beneficial review. I read your review carefully (together with my husband) and also went to all the links you gave.

My husband..."


That's true. It is also a problem that my husband is a morning lark whereas I am a night owl.


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