The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation - Are you at risk from not getting enough sleep?
Did you know that just one full week of not getting enough sleep can drastically have an adverse affect on your health? Just one full week of sleep deprivation is enough to actively change our genes which are what control the response we have to things like stress and immunity to diseases. Not to mention your health overall. And so you'll know, here are some of the health hazards that can come about through not getting enough sleep at night.
- Increased Anxiety.
Without enough sleep, your brains anticipatory reactions are reduced which causes your anxiety levels to increase.
- Increased Chance of Depression.
Not getting enough sleep can cause a decrease in neurotransmitters in your brain which are what control and regulate your moods.
- Disrupted Circadian Rhythm.
Without enough sleep, our circadian rhythms are disrupted which is what helps create healthy white blood cells and without them, it weakens our response to stress.
- Increased Risk of Stroke.
There is an decrease in cardiovascular health without enough sleep which can increase the risk of restricting blood flow to your brain which can cause things like stroke to happen.
- Unhealthy Cravings.
Without enough sleep, your body can't produce enough of the hormones that make you feel full (leptin). As well as those that make you feel hungry (ghrelin).
- Impaired Cognition.
Without enough sleep, you will have impaired cognition and that can negatively affect the brains memory and the ability to process information.
- Increased Hypertension Risk.
If you only keep getting 5-6 hours of sleep per night, you will increase the risk of getting high blood pressure.
- Increased Chance of Heart Disease.
Your blood pressure drops when you are sleeping. And if you don't have enough of this low pressure in your blood you increase the chance of getting a heart disease.
- Increased Diabetes Risk.
Not getting enough sleep per night can increase the chances of you contracting diabetes. This is because a lack of sleep causes your body to produce cortisol and norepinephrine which are connected to a resistance to insulin.
Sleeping in the day time.
Power naps are very good for you, but you shouldn't really be power napping until you are old enough to retire. But over 40% of adults take power naps and fall asleep during the day time without meaning too. This is mostly because they're not getting enough sleep at night time! What is more, over 60 million Americans are known to suffer from chronic sleep disorders like insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement and restless leg syndrome. All because they aren't getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night!
What about you? How many hours of sleep per night do you get?
Are you getting the full 8 hours you should be getting?
May 27, 2017, 12:57 pm