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PostSubject: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:21 am

Taken from an article to share...

What killed Ranjan Das and Lessons for Corporate India
A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from Bandra, Mumbai. Ranjan, just 42 years of age, was the CEO of SAP-Indian Subcontinent, the youngest CEO of an MNC in India.. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him run on Bandra's Carter Road. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids.

It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid marathoner (in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away), the question came as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years of age.
Was it the stress?
A couple of you called me asking about the reasons. While Ranjan had mentioned that he faced a lot of stress, that is a common element in most of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad effects of stress. So I doubted if the cause was stress.

The Real Reason
However, everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program 'Boss' Day Out':

http://connect. in.com/ranjan- das/play- video-boss- day-out-ranjan- das-of-sap- india-229111- 807ecfcf1ad96603 6c289b3ba6c376f2 530d7484. html

Here he himself admits that he would love to get more sleep (and that he was not proud of his ability to manage without sleep, contrary to what others extolled).

The Evidence
Last week, I was working with a well-known cardiologist on the subject of ‘Heart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep’. While I cannot share the video nor the slides because of confidentiality reasons, I have distilled the key points below in the hope it will save some of our lives.
Some Excerpts:
· Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Paper published in 2009.
As you know, high BP kills.
· Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.
· Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.
· Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!!
· Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin- 6 (IL-6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Paper published in 2004.
· Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease. Paper published in 2006.
Ideal Sleep
For lack of space, I cannot explain here the ideal sleep architecture. But in brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times.
The earlier part of sleep is mostly non-REM. During that period, your pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter part of sleep is more and more REM type.
For you to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep). And if you have slept for less than 5 hours, your body is in a complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), you are tired throughout the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down (I’ve been there, done that L)
Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to repair the running related damage.
If you want to know if you are getting adequate sleep, take Epworth Sleepiness Test .

Interpretation: Score of 0-9 is considered normal while 10 and above abnormal. Many a times, I have clocked 21 out the maximum possible 24, the only saving grace being the last situation, since I don’t like to drive (maybe, I should ask my driver to answer that line J)
In conclusion:
Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising (marathoning! ), maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In my opinion, that killed him.
If you are not getting enough sleep (7 hours), you are playing with fire, even if you have low stress.
I always took pride in my ability to work 50 hours at a stretch whenever the situation warranted. But I was so spooked after seeing the scientific evidence last week that since Saturday night, I ensure I do not even set the alarm clock under 7 hours. Now, that is a nice excuse to get some more sleep. J

Unfortunately, Ranjan Das is not alone when it comes to missing sleep. Many of us are doing exactly the same, perhaps out of ignorance. Please forward this mail to as many of your colleagues as possible, especially those who might be short-changing their sleep. If we can save even one young life because of this email, I would be the happiest person on earth.

ps: Incidentally, just as human beings need 7 hours of sleep, you should know that cats need 15 hours of sleep and horses need 3 hours of it. So are you planning to be a cool cat or a dumb horse?
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:24 am

Thanks for the info..very good article
will sleep more from now on...no point cuttin our journey short due to lack of sleep ^^
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:29 am

first timerz,

i thk i will die very young, i always sleep very little everyday..
and my heart has overworked, pumping too fast and too hard every min.
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:33 am

missmoon wrote:
first timerz,

i thk i will die very young, i always sleep very little everyday..
and my heart has overworked, pumping too fast and too hard every min.

kaoz!!

who will take care of the forum then...

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:38 am

We push ourselves very hard these days. We all try to:

1. Be good spouses/bfs/gfs etc
2. Be good parents/grandparents
3. Be good children
4. Be good employees
5. Be good bosses.
6. Be good physically, i.e. fit
7. Be good golfers

With all the "be's," it'll soon be:

Be... be... be... be... tooooooooot.

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:42 am

first_timerz wrote:
missmoon wrote:
first timerz,

i thk i will die very young, i always sleep very little everyday..
and my heart has overworked, pumping too fast and too hard every min.

kaoz!!

who will take care of the forum then...

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Sunny lor Razz ahahhaaha

Aiyaa... i lead unhealthy lifestyle, sleep little, eat junk food, dont exercise, grow horizontally and lately i got nosebleed.. arrghh.. how siah.. I need to change my lifestyle.. seriously..
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:41 pm

missmoon wrote:
first_timerz wrote:
missmoon wrote:
first timerz,

i thk i will die very young, i always sleep very little everyday..
and my heart has overworked, pumping too fast and too hard every min.

kaoz!!

who will take care of the forum then...

Rolling Eyes
Laughing

Sunny lor Razz ahahhaaha

Aiyaa... i lead unhealthy lifestyle, sleep little, eat junk food, dont exercise, grow horizontally and lately i got nosebleed.. arrghh.. how siah.. I need to change my lifestyle.. seriously..

Moon, I have a very good advice for you here. Quit your job and play golf full time. Go look for a rich boy friend then later married him. Solves all your stress and your BP will drop immediately. lol!

Quoting from a Cantonese serial which for the first time I find worth watching " How many blocks of 10 years does one have in our life time " ?
Moral is Life is Short. Enjoy Life while you can. JUST PLAY GOLF lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:18 pm

missmoon wrote:
first timerz,

i thk i will die very young, i always sleep very little everyday..
and my heart has overworked, pumping too fast and too hard every min.

har...now we know the reason for your nose bleed liao...ops!!...keke
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:21 pm

Bad new then..

i practically sleep less than 5 hr each day...

i always win the war with 'Zzzz' monster at night..dunno why ?..
but the 'Zzz' monster always win me in the afternoon...haha !!

better try to sleep longer..

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:23 pm

Titu...

Keep database of RICH BF for me.. I got a troops of single GR ladies who might find that database useful Razz I got no stress and i have very short term memory, i forget things as fast as i forgot how many strokes i take to reach the green..

Snowman..

Nosebleed must be caused by the box of chocolate that sunny bought.. I finished the box in 3 secs.. wahahhahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:26 pm

chocolate !!... affraid

that is something i cannot resist also...i'll do anything for a box of good chocolate, especially dark chocolate with more than 85% cocoa.....

cannot tempt me with chocolate..i will go crazy...haha !
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:33 pm

missmoon wrote :

Titu...

Keep database of RICH BF for me.. I got a troops of single GR ladies who might find that database useful I got no stress and i have very short term memory, i forget things as fast as i forgot how many strokes i take to reach the green

Okie, compiling. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:48 pm

crap. I'll be dying soon....
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:50 pm

I receive this article. I am no doctor but I dont believe this article. It has been cases of sudden death in athletes, this case is definitely not sleep related and could be underlying problem related to heart. So, take this with a pinch of salt...
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:32 pm

Khorkar wrote:
I receive this article. I am no doctor but I dont believe this article. It has been cases of sudden death in athletes, this case is definitely not sleep related and could be underlying problem related to heart. So, take this with a pinch of salt...


kk, dun need doctor lah, the theory is less u sleep, more u see spouse, more u see spouse, more likely got heart problem............ Cheers Jump
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:42 pm

slinger wrote:
Khorkar wrote:
I receive this article. I am no doctor but I dont believe this article. It has been cases of sudden death in athletes, this case is definitely not sleep related and could be underlying problem related to heart. So, take this with a pinch of salt...


kk, dun need doctor lah, the theory is less u sleep, more u see spouse, more u see spouse, more likely got heart problem............ Cheers Jump

NB....Mai pun lau phua khua teot. Kim mei bo tan chiak lou jia chai ah...
Mia jeep khua teot nhee cunt ang ang tng tng liao ah Embarassed affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:51 pm

but she sleep more than me leh..... i wish i sleep more, mayb thats my xmas wish this year...
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:02 am

Shit.. i better slp now.
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:04 am

roystonn...

im still awake... die liao laaaa
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PostSubject: Re: Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Death :pale:   Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:05 am

3am and i'm still not asleep! mati mati.. hahaha
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