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Sleep Deprivation and Health Problems: Understanding How Are They Connected

It is often seen that people tend to overlook adequate sleep and the potential long-term health hazards insufficient sleep poses. Sleep is the body’s way of recharging at the end of a day. Every species needs sleep to be able to survive. Human being needs about 6-8 hours of sleep on a regular daily basis […]

It is often seen that people tend to overlook adequate sleep and the potential long-term health hazards insufficient sleep poses. Sleep is the body’s way of recharging at the end of a day. Every species needs sleep to be able to survive. Human being needs about 6-8 hours of sleep on a regular daily basis for the body to function properly. Lack of proper sleep not only makes you groggy and cranky it can also affect the major organs of the body and cause several health problems. Various factors come into play when it comes to affecting sleep.

One of the biggest causes of bad sleep is the lack of a comfortable bed. A good quality mattress ensures that your body is comfortably cradled while sleeping, thereby not only ensuring better sleep but also helping you improve your posture. The lack of a quality mattress also leads to discomfort and pain in the long run, especially if it is too soft to support the back or too lumpy it can irritate the back muscles and cause extreme discomfort along with joint pain. It can also lead to bad posture, spinal problems and aggravate any existing conditions such as arthritis, spondylitis etc. If you are suffering from lack of proper sleep or unexplained pains, it is time look for the best mattress 2019 has to offer and change your current mattress. Lifestyle also plays a major role in affecting sleep. It is important to reduce the intake of caffeine and instead opt for a healthy balanced diet.

The body heals and repairs its damaged cells when a person sleeps, which is why sleep is of utmost importance in our everyday routine. Without proper sleep the cells do not get adequate time to repair and thus, it delays your healing process and also, increases the process of ageing. It delays the regeneration of the cells of the heart and blood vessels and thus severely increases the risks of heart and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, stroke etc. Sleep also affects how the human body reacts to insulin, which controls blood glucose level. Sleep deficiency leads to a higher blood sugar level in the blood and thus increasing a risk of diabetes. Healthy sleep helps to maintain a balance of the hormones ghrelin and leptin which contribute to the feeling of hunger and satisfaction respectively. When you do not get adequate sleep, the level of ghrelin goes up while the level of leptin reduces which makes you feel hungry even if the body actually doesn’t need a food intake. This increases the chances of obesity.

Sleep is also essential for a healthy functioning of the brain functions and overall emotional wellbeing.  Sleep deficiency alters the brain functions, thereby reducing its ability to comprehend and retain information, concentration, focusing etc. Therefore, if you are suffering from lack of proper sleep it is important to take necessary steps to remedy the problem at earliest.

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