Insufficient sleep is an Epidemic Public Health problem in our century. More than 35% of American adults have less than 7 hours of daily sleep. It is commonly accepted that Insomnia is not a symptom of other health problems. The medical community now accepts it as a distinct disorder.
So, what are the effects of insufficient sleep on our bodies;
- There is NO human function that isn’t affected by sleep loss.
- Sleep loss is linked to physical, emotional and intellectual impairments.
- The link between insomnia and diabetes is strong. The cellular level of insulin resistance is shown on insomniacs.
- Sleep loss increases inflammation in the tissues.
- Inadequate sleep means increased pain sensitivity.
- Depression and suicide rate increases with less sleep
- Memory failure and impaired judgement are common symptoms of insomnia patients.
- Sleep loss and obesity are linked, which is now proven by many researches. The hunger hormone –ghrelin- which stimulates appetite, increases without sleep. It plays an important role on body weight by promoting fat storage.
- Children’s sleep problems are more serious consequences. From developmental delay to Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorders are part of the spectrum seen in kids with inadequate sleep.
- Kids who averaged less than seven hours of sleep have more body fat, higher blood pressure and worse cholesterol levels.
- Just 2.2% of adolescents meet or exceed the recommended amount of sleep for their age group.
- Sleep deprived students show poor academic performance and their ability to solve problems is impaired.
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