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Dangers of Lack of Sleep

Anyone who’s ever pulled an all-nighter to meet a deadline or study for a test knows the day-after results aren’t pretty. The body feels sluggish, the mind fogged or frenetic. Recent research shows that a chronic lack of sleep is far more changing than previously assumed by many experts. Sleep deficits as small as an hour a night can increase the risk of a wide range of conditions. Why? Because when we don’t get enough sleep, our immune systems go into overdrive, which causes systemic inflammation and turns on dangerous genetic switches.

Everyone’s immune system is unique, so how sleep deprivation affects you might be different from how it affects another person. Here are just some of the ways chronic skimping on sleep can affect your health :

  • Neuropsychiatric disorders, impaired alertness and cognition, and headaches.
  • Vision problems, including blurred vision, floppy eyelid syndrome, glaucoma, even temporary blindness.
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress.
  • Cancer
  • Difficulty with sexual functioning.
  • Increased food cravings and hunger.
  • Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes.
  • Hearing Loss
  • Muscle weakness and decreased athletic performance.
  • Heart Disease
  • Skin problems and rashes, including eczema.
  • Hair Loss
  • Disrupted metabolism, weight gain and obesity.

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    • Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. … During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

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  1. As a Sleep Technologist, it’s awesome to see this post!! Sleep is so important. A couple things to add:

    The insomnia problem in this country is because of our poor sleep hygiene. Cell phones, tablets, TV, and electronics give off “blue light” which can supress melatonin production. 15 minutes of blue light exposure can supress melatonin for 2 hours.

    Tip:. No electronics 1 hour prior to bed time!

    If you wonder whether or not your sleep is an issue look online for the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Take the quiz…and if you score 9 or higher….make an appointment for a sleep study.

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