A friend ones told me “I have lots of problems making me have sleepless night. But the issue is instead of slimming down i have gained weight and when people see me they think everything is okay with me”
This comment necessitated this write up to create awareness of the health risks associated with poor sleep. Apart from becoming gaining weight or becoming obese poor sleep can lead to several health conditions.
We can all appreciate the difference between a good night’s sleep and one that is too short. You awaken feeling refreshed instead of irritable, energized rather than fatigued.
But persistent sleep loss can lead to health problems far more serious than that.
Types of sleep issues
UCI Health Neuropsychiatric Center defines the most common conditions as:
- Sleep deprivation; This is one of the most common causes of sleepiness and occurs when you don’t schedule enough sleep time for yourself at night.
- Chronic insomnia; refers to the persistent inability to sleep or even nap very well at any time. It can have a variety of causes, such as stress, anxiety, depression, medical disorders or environmental factors.
- Fatigue is more of a general sense of feeling tired or having low energy often in relation to insomnia.
More specific sleep disorders include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
How much sleep is enough?
If you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, you face greater health risks. Most adults require between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, whereas children and adolescents require even more.
Think of sleep as housekeeping for the brain. Data now suggests that sleep is critical for learning and memory.
Unhealthy or abnormal proteins, such as amyloids, get cleared out of your brain during your sleep hours. Sleep is critical for brain function and restoration.
Health risks of poor sleep
Studies have linked chronic sleep problems to higher risks for serious health conditions such as:
- Heart disease: Inadequate sleep can cause elevated blood pressure a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Immune function: Substances produced by the immune system to fight infection also contribute to fatigue, so those who sleep longer have been shown to recover more quickly.
- Obesity: People who sleep fewer than six hours per night are much more likely to have a high body mass index. Why? Researchers believe that insufficient sleeps upsets the hormonal balance that helps to control appetite and metabolism.
- Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is more common in sleep-deprived individuals. This is thought to be due to a slower processing of glucose than occurs in those with normal sleep.
- Depression: Chronic sleep issues have been correlated with depression, anxiety and mental distress.
Studies have also shown that people who average between seven and eight hours of sleep per night have lower mortality rates than people who get considerably less – or considerably more – hours of sleep per night.
Scientists report that after a poor night of sleep our craving for food can increase by up to 45 percent, which explains why after a poor night of sleep people reportedly eat on average an extra 300 calories per day. This fits with other research that found people who sleep less than eight hours a night on average have a higher body fat content.
What you can do about it
If you want to improve your sleep, start by reviewing healthy sleep behaviors. If practicing those behaviors does not resolve your sleep issues, see your doctor.
Sleep disorders are generally treatable. Most underlying causes of sleep loss – stress, anxiety, depression, medical disorders – can be successfully addressed by your regular physician.
Now you how important sleep is to the brain and the human body as a whole.
Do not deceive yourself by sleeping many hours with the aim of gaining weight since research has shown that less sleep can make a person obese.
To those who stay awake all night thinking of their problems , be-careful because aside getting health conditions you will become obese.
Source;UCI Health Neuropsychiatric Center/Victoria Soglo/inhimisliferadio.com