Why lack of sleep is bad for your health
The effects of lack of sleep are many, with the likes of lethargy, grumpiness and just not working at your best well known to all. However, sleep deprivation can also have serious consequences on your physical health?
About 35% of people in the UK suffer from poor sleep. Commonly blamed causes of lack of sleep being stress, too much time spent on computer and devices and work pressures.
However, the cost of all those sleepless nights and the impact it has on your body is more than just having a lack of focus and grumbling at the people around you! Regular poor sleep puts you at increased risk of serious medical conditions, including the likes of diabetes & heart disease, and it shortens your life expectancy. A good nights’ sleep is ESSENTIAL!
How much sleep do we need?
8 hours of good-quality sleep a night is the norm for most in order to function properly – some people need more, some less. It is important that you learn what you as an individual need and strive to achieve that.
If you need any guidance then generally if you wake up tired and spend the day looking for a chance to have a quick nap, then you are most probably getting too little proper sleep.
There are a number of reasons that influence and can be the cause of poor sleep, but for the overwhelming majority of people it is down to bad sleeping habits.
1. Sleep prevents diabetes
Studies have suggested that there is an increased risk of developing diabetes if you sleep five hours or less as a norm.
2. Sleep helps to keep heart disease at bay
Increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of chemicals linked with inflammation (potentially putting increased strain on your heart) are all potential risks due to continuous lack of sleep.
3. Regular good sleep boosts your immunity
A good sleeping routine gives your body every chance of keeping its immune system at peak performance. When this breaks down, and your immune system starts to deplete you open yourself up to attack from all those little critters that give as coughs, makes us sneeze and so on. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so your body is less able to defend itself.
4. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing
Now, if a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the next day then it comes as no surprise that continuous bad or lack of sleep may lead to long-term disorders such as depression and anxiety.
A survey of people suffering from anxiety or depression in particular their sleeping habits determined that the majority of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.
5. Sleep can keep you slim
Studies have shown that people who sleep for less than 7 hours a day are prone to gaining extra weight. They have a higher risk of becoming obese than those people who get 7 hours of good sleep.
Indications are that this is down to the fact that those of us who are sleep deficient have reduced levels of leptin in our bodies (the chemical that makes you feel full) but also increased levels of ghrelin (the hormone responsible for hunger-stimulation).
6. Sleep increases sex drive
According to research a lower libido and associated diminished interest in sex can be brought about by a lack of sleep and less of an interest in sex, research suggests. Also, it has been found that males who suffer from sleep apnoea tend to have lower testosterone levels, a condition that will also drive libido down
7. Good sleep increases chances of fertility
Not only does sleep deprivation lower libido but it may also be the cause of fertility issues apparently as a result of reduced secretion of reproductive hormones leading difficulty in conceiving.
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How to catch up on lost sleep
GET MORE SLEEP!!
Getting yourself into a good sleep routine won’t happen with one single early night. If you’ve had extended periods of restricted sleep, then you will have accumulated significant sleep debt – the recovery will take a while !
One very viable option to help you find your way to a good sleep / awake routing is to use natural hemp extract. Although these products are not allowed to promote the benefits that they may hold there are a vast number of people singing its praise. These natural products, sold as food supplements, have been and are being used for relief from quite a variety of ailments with sleep & peace of mind being of the most prominent.
If you have found a product that you feel comfortable with after researching the many articles and stories that can be found online, but still unsure of whether or not to try it, then speak to speak to your doctor or a medical professional.