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😴 The Effects of Sleep on Your Health


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😴 The Effects of Sleep on Your Health

Most people know getting a quality seven to nine hours of sleep every night is healthy. Unfortunately, many people disregard this knowledge and stay up much later than they should. There are a myriad of reasons people stay awake longer than they should and end up feeling tired and sluggish the next day. A lack of sleep doesn’t just leave you feeling tired, it can also have detrimental effects on your overall health according to medical experts.

Here are some health problems that may result from lack of sleep.

Cancer

While lack of sleep alone is not a predictor for cancer, numerous studies have suggested that breast and colon cancer risk is highest for individuals that work night shifts. Exposure to light at night hours suppresses the body’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is a brain chemical that promotes healthy sleep. Melatonin may also reduce tumors and protect against cancer.

Heart Attacks

According to statistics, heart attacks are more likely to occur during early morning hours. This may have something to do with the way sleep and waking affect the cardiovascular system according to experts. Health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, and other ailments are exacerbated by a lack of sleep according to studies.

Unhealthy Relationships

Regular lack of sleep frequently leads to mood disturbances. Many people just aren’t pleasant when they’re tired. A chronic lack of quality sleep will inevitably disrupt your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. If healthy relationships are high on your priority list you must ensure you get quality sleep on a pretty regular basis.

Compromised Cognition

Anyone that desires to perform at a high level such as professional athletes, engineers, doctors, lawyers and CEO’s know that quality sleep is imperative. Lack of sleep will undoubtedly impair cognition and lead to subpar performance.

Increased Appetite

One of the best ways to suppress your appetite is by getting seven to nine hours of quality sleep. Constant hunger and cravings for sugary carbohydrates are one of the side effects of poor sleep. Quality sleep trumps caffeine or any “trendy” appetite supplement when it comes to appetite suppression. The more you sleep the less you eat.

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