Carriers of the’ efficient sleeper’ mutation are an mystery, puzzling scientists with their ability to maintain health and energy on very few hours of sleep. “>
For most people, four hours of sleep per night is dangerously insufficient, triggering short-term cognitive impairment and long-term chronic health problems.
Luckily for Donald Trumpand increasingly , no one elsehes not most people.
The real estate mogul turned presidential nominee has peppered his campaign with statements about how little he sleeps each night, anywhere from 90 minutes to four hours. Perhaps hes lying or simply boasting, opting to pit himself against powerful public figure who have said the same, like Napoleon, Margaret Thatcher, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Bill Clinton.
Perhaps hes one of the two percent of the population with a rare genetic mutation that allows him to get a perfect nights rest in almost half the time.
Doing so puts him smack in the middle of a powerful list of who have claimed to subsist on little sleep as well.
Despite the renewed interest in Trumps sleep schedule, its one hes claimed to have for years.
Dont sleep any more than you have to, Trump wrote in his 2004 volume Think Like a Billionaire. I usually sleep about four hours per night. The narrative resurfaced at a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois last November. You know, Im not a big sleeper, he said. I like 3 hour, four hours, I fling, I turn, I beep-de-beep, I want to find out whats going on.
According to sleep experts, this is dangerous behavior.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicines( AASM) officially recommends at least seven hours of sleep for adults aged 18 to 60, same with the National Sleep Foundation. Both is directed at preventing the risks associated with chronic sleep deprivation, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep is critical to health, along with a healthy diet and regular exercising, said Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, the president of AASM. Our Consensus Panel found that sleeping six or fewer hours per night is inadequate to sustain health and safety in adults and agreed that seven or more hours of sleep per night is recommended for all healthy adults.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of Americans are sleep depriveda problem that leads to 100, 000 traffic accidents from drowsy drivers per year. On top of heart and weight issues, the CDC says people who are sleep deprived are more likely to suffer from cancer and depression, more likely to lose productivity at work, and more likely to die young.
With this information, The New York Times and others conjured up a convincing sleep-deprivation theory about Trump, in which his chronic sleeplessness is to blame for his erratic, offensive, and downright idiotic behavior.
He indicates all the scary symptoms of sleep deprivation, writes Timothy Egan. His decision is off, and almost always ill informed. He has trouble processing basic datum. He imagines things. He presents a lack of concentration.