Sleep is good for you. So what happens when age-old culprits like insomnia or sleep apnea or newer ones like a jam-packed schedule cause you to lose sleep? That’s right, they may affect your health particularly your heart. Far from being a time-wasting, 8-hour sentence in a useless void, the research is pretty clear on this point: sleep is crucial for good health. It helps memory and mood, keeps you trim, strengthens your immune system, fights inflammation, and keeps your heart and blood vessels in tip-top shape.
Here are a few signs of sleep deprivation that you need to be aware of :
- Long term mood disorders – Chronic sleep debt can lead to disorders like depression and anxiety.
- Sickness – Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, making it harder to fend off bugs. And once you’re sick, lack of sleep can make it harder to recover.
- Diabetes – Studies suggest people who sleep less than five hours a night have an increases risk of having or developing diabetes.
- Infertility – Sleep disturbances can reduce the secretion of reproductive hormones, resulting in trouble conceiving.
- Weight Gain – Studies how people who sleep less than seven hours a day are 30 percent more likely to be obese.
- Low Libido – Men and women who don’t get quality sleep have a decreased interest in sex.
- Heart Disease – Long term sleep deprivation is associated with an increases heart rate, blood pressure and higher levels of chemicals that are lined to inflammation.
So how many hours of sleep are you getting everyday?