BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Sleep deprivation is a serious issue in the United States. According to a recent study, one in three people does not get enough sleep. Most of us chalk it up to anxious lives, omnipresent technology or work demands. Some reportedly even hold their people sleep habits a badge of honor.
However, recent studies have shown that the lack of sleep can have adverse effects on one’s lifespan, leading to more serious conditions such as stroke, obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and mental health issues.
How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Body
One of the reportedly most common effects of lack of sleep is an increased blood pressure. It has been shown that those sleeping six or fewer hours a night are 200% more likely to have a stroke or heart attack, versus those sleeping seven or eight hours a night. Even a night of moderate sleep reduction has been shown to increase the blood pressure.
If one opts out of sleep for a cold, he or she may find their illnesses lingering or medications not working efficiently. The disruption to sleep rhythms can also affect cancer-fighting immunity cells. This is all an effect of the lowered resistance of the body because of insufficient rest.
Sleep-deprived cells become less responsive to insulin, and thus contribute to prediabetes and weight gain. This is all because of a poor blood sugar regulation.
Getting too little sleep over time will significantly raise your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease because of the limited toxin removal. Plaque accumulates in the brains of those suffering from the disease, killing neighboring cells. During deep sleep cycles, such deposits are removed from the brain. Without this necessary action, these toxins continue to build up.
Sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to anger, depression, aggression, bullying, addiction, or suicidal thoughts as it increases the risk of mental health issues.
Many of these situations can be alleviated by sufficient sleep, which is defined as anything in between 7 to 8 hours of continuous sleep a night. Prioritizing sleep, though easy to suggest, might require quite a bit of effort. People can start the process by implementing good sleep habits. These can reportedly go a long way in the prevention of many common ailments affecting Americans today.
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