Poor sleep a heath risk for old guys – or a survival tactic?

Once again I have stumbled on a health scare story that makes me question WTF we are paying these researchers for:

Poor sleep quality greatly increases the risk of high blood pressure in older men, a study has found.

A lack of deep sleep has been found to raise the risk by 80% over a period of 3.4 years.

Researchers measured how long 784 men with an average age of 75 spent in “slow wave sleep” (SWS), a deep stage of sleep from which it is difficult to awaken.

What planet do these arseholes live on. There’s this stge of sleep from which it is difficult to wake up right? And they’re looking into why old guys over 75 spend little time in it, right?

Does it not occur to them the thing old guys over 75 fear about going to sleep is not waking up?

It’s about wanting to stay alive FFS.

full story in The Independent

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Unscientific survey on The News

To be published this week, a new scientific study of sleeplessness lists amongst its findings that one common cause of sleeplessness is watching a television news bulletin before going to bed.

The reasoning is, I guess, that the news will report all the crapiness that is going on around the world and we will all lie awake worrying about it.

This is a strictly personal observation, I can’t speak for anyone else, but if I watch a particularly crappy news bulletin before going to bed I do not think “Oh woe,woe, how have we built this foul world that has such copious amounts of crappiness in it,” (I always think in a pastiche of a Shakespearian monologue before going to bed) Rather I think, “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow I’ll get started on doing my bit to change things. But there’s eff all I can do about it right now.”
And I sleep like a baby.

Let’s try an unscientific survey. What personal strategies have you evolved for getting to sleep after hearing that civilisation as we know it is on the brink of collapse.