#BounceExclusive: Why You May Die Before 40
Earning money daily is one reason several people go to school and get a job. Here in Lagos, making money is not always as straightforward as you think.
For every job you do, there are at least 10 other people as qualified as you submitting their applications and expecting a miracle.
As Lagos transforms into a smart and mega city, the threat to routine official duties is on the rise.
A robot might take over an entire department in your office by 2019. To add value and remain relevant Lagosians are hustling extremely hard.
Paul Okafor is a Nigerian and he lives in Lagos.
A look at him shows daily exhaustion has become a norm. Here is quick run through his schedule.
His alarm is permanently set at 4:00 a.m.
Living at the far end of Lagos state, at the border town of Alagbado between Lagos and Ogun State, he must be in a bus on his way to work before 5:10 a.m.
Otherwise, he will get caught up in the morning rush and arrive at the office between 9 and 10a.m.
On his way to work he tries to catch some sleep to make up for the night's deficit.
He never gets enough rest with the bumps tossing the bus up-and-down due to the pot hole and diversions within the metropolis.
Paul is also forced to endure the blend of bus conductors screaming the names of bus-stops and the horns blaring my motorists.
He is mindful of the person sitting next to him, these you could get robbed by a fellow commuter if you sleep off.
He had slept around 11:45 p.m. the previous night, after he got home at 9:45 p.m. Paul is a bachelor so he has to eat whatever he can before he gets home.
Four hours, 30 minutes of sleep is all he can afford. Do you know the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours’sleep per day?
Paul’s schedule is like that of most Lagosians who live a remarkable distance away from their places of work.
Sleep deprivation is gradually becoming a typical aspect of our lives.
Medical doctors have linked sleep deprivation to stress which could trigger other forms of health concerns, as it affects the immune system that is supposed to help ward off these diseases.
One bad aspect of this sleep deprivation is that gradually, it becomes part of the individual’s life and adjusting to a normal lifestyle becomes hard.
One of the harsh effect of acute stress according to a top medical officer with Graceland Medical Centre, Dr. Chijindu Nkuche, is that it could lead to death.
“Stress basically is the way our body adjusts or responds to
everyday life activities. Hormone cortisol helps our body to adjust to it by producing enough sugar in the short-time to give the body energy to cope and withstand difficult tasks.
“But certain conditions can lead to overproduction of this hormone and sleep deprivation is one of them.
“The variety of illnesses experienced by one when stressed ranges from common cold known as flu, headaches, a slight fever are the results of an elevated cortisol levels which in turn is as a result of poor or deprived sleep.
"Cortisol when high in the blood alters and severely affects the immune cells in very negative ways. The person can end up obese and prone to diabetes.
Another risk that residents of Lagos State face is air pollution which Dr. Nkuche highlighted could affect biological systems in the human body and also lead to the stress response.
“Prolonged traffic jams..... with the noise associated with it, can in turn cause mood changes, fatigue, annoyance, difficulty in initiating sleep, fragmentation of sleep and psychological distress,” he stressed.
Death may occur when it becomes acute!
Some years back, American Psychological Association linked chronic stress to the six leading causes of death - heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.
In 2014, the association’s research showed that more than 75% of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Every day, life expectancy in Nigeria is a source of concern as it is far less compared to other African Countries.
One thing that is done in mega cities is to make some offices offer 24 hours' service, dividing their workforce at a certain percentage to reduce the number of persons moving within the city per time.
More people need to embrace technology and use the internet creatively or be left behind in the sands of time.
WORK SMART, DO NOT WORK HARD