Sleeping is one of the most vital aspects in a human’s life. Researchers now realize that becoming overweight is the least of any sleep deprived persons problems. New research shows that troubled sleepers face a whole variety of health problems.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average person needs to sleep around eight hours every night in order for their body to recover from the daily stresses of life, however, this requirement is different for different people and depends heavily on age, lifestyle, gender and etc.
Individuals that do not get enough sleep every night are prone to some of the following health problems mentioned below:
Perhaps the most common symptom of sleep deprivation known by all is weight gain. Research shows that individuals under the age of 40 that are getting five hours or less of sleep every night are more prone to accumulate belly fat.
Increased Blood Pressure
Research conducted from the University of Montreal show that there is a correlation between individuals that suffer from insomnia and those that have heart problems. The study shows that people that have irregular sleep patterns are more prone to high blood pressure because their central nervous system (CNS) is overly active at night when it should be resting.
Increased Risk of Diabetes
According to a recent study conducted in the Netherlands, people that have irregular sleeping patterns are likely to suffer from irregular metabolic regulations in their body.
The research shows that less than 4 hours of sleep every night may harm the body’s ability to utilize insulin by up to almost 25% therefore leading to insulin resistance and ultimately, type 2 diabetes.
Shortened Attention Span
Research shows that individuals that suffer from a lack of sleep usually have a shortened attention span. They are rarely able to keep continuous concentration on a topic and therefore are unable to make wise, informed decisions. In the US alone, there are over 1500 deaths each year that are caused by drivers that are sleep-deprived.
A research conducted in Virginia, US show that individuals that suffer from long term insomnia are more prone to the risk of depression. Due to a lack of sleep, individuals were not able to socialize and communicate properly with others which left them feeling somewhat alienated.
Causes Mood Swings
When an individual has less than 4 hours of sleep clocked in for a few days than chances are that they are going to be extremely moody. The brain, just like all the other organs in our body, needs to time to recover and recuperate from the stresses of daily life. The brain is always active, even in our sleep.
However, when we are sleeping, our brain waves are longer and slower meaning that brain activity is decreased allowing for the brain to recuperate and store all the new memories and information. Sleep deprived individuals do not allow their brain enough time to relax therefore causing mood swings due to the excess brain activity brought on by the lack of sleep.
Getting proper sleep is absolutely essential in order to live an active and healthy life.