Is Lack of Sleep Really So Bad For Your Health Oversavvy

Is Lack of Sleep Really So Bad For Your Health

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Olivia Almeida

Olivia Almeida

Wellness Sage & Writer at OverSavvy
Olivia is passionate and super savvy when it comes to Weight Loss, Well-Being and everything Health & Fitness related. As the ultimate coach and cheerleader, this girlboss will help you take charge of your life to drop those extra pounds and look and feel your best. Nobody understands better than Olivia that the struggle is real, but if you follow her advice, you’ll be feeling fit, fierce, and fabulous in no time.
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It is obvious to many people that lack of sleep has ill effects. Being tired and moody are just a few signs of a restless night. However, if you struggle to fall asleep quickly or are in the habit of not getting enough sleep for weeks and months, your symptoms may be more serious than just a case of moodiness. Yes, lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health.

Below is a look at how a lack of sleep can negatively impact your health.

What exactly is enough sleep?

This question is pivotal; we all need different hours of sleep but the minimum recommended is 6 hours every night. Ideally, getting 8 to 10 hours can also be beneficial to your health. Children and young adults will obviously need more sleep than older people.



Lack of sleep weakens the immune system

A lot of things happen in your body when you are sleeping. One of these activities is the production of antibodies to fight off infections.

This way, your ability to fight bacteria and viruses is boosted greatly. Lack of quality sleep means that there is no adequate production of vital cytokines or antibodies that are able to fight infections effectively. [1]

Because your immune system will be compromised, infections will take longer to clear; and this is definitely a bad thing. Over time, your body will be prone to chronic conditions like diabetes and heart problems; because sleep deprivation is a risk factor.

Poor sleep encourages respiratory conditions

With a weakened immune system as mentioned above, respiratory conditions like the flu and common cold become prevalent. If you are wondering why you cannot seem to get rid of the flu, you probably need to get more sleep.[2]

People who are already suffering from chronic lung infections will find that sleep deprivation makes it worse.

Lack of sleep causes enhanced weight gain

Poor quality sleep has been linked to weight gain in young children [3] and adults [4], and this is according to a report by the Harvard Medical School. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be obese. The reason for this is because poor sleep will increase cortisol; the infamous stress hormone. As a result, you overeat to feel better.

Another reason is that the hormone leptin decreases with lack of sleep. Leptin is a hormone that informs the brain that you are full when you have had enough to eat. Lack of sleep also raises the hormone that stimulates your appetite. This hormone is called ghrelin.

As if this is not bad enough, lack of sleep will ensure that more insulin is produced promoting extra storage of fat. As you know, this is the road to getting type 2 diabetes.

Lack of sleep lowers your libido

Research has shown that people who are sleep deprived do not have enough drive for sex. This is because the body is not able to rejuvenate properly; so that your sexual functions can be replenished fully.

It is no wonder that more and more people nowadays are looking for remedies that can enhance their sex lives. The answer could be as simple as getting more sleep and spending more time in bed.[5]



Lack of sleep can dent your fertility

Are you trying to have a baby with no success? The problem could be a lack of sleep. There are vital hormones that need to be secreted during sleep so that your fertility can be in top shape. Poor sleep will, however, compromise this process in both men and women and the result is reduced fertility. [6]

Lack of sleep can cause fatal accidents

When you are not getting enough sleep, your body will look for a way to compensate during the day. Many times, people dose off in sleep without realizing it; this is called micro sleep. [7]

If this happens to you when you are driving or operating equipment, accidents may occur. In this regard, lack of sleep can cause fatalities.

There are many other ill effects of insomnia that range from hallucinations to manic episodes. There is no doubt that a night of poor sleep will leave you feeling under the weather.

Conclusion

Prevention is better than cure, and the best thing is to start taking deliberate steps to boosting the quality of your sleep. If you cannot get quality sleep naturally, look at remedies that can aid this.

From going to bed early to practicing breathing techniques, you can work towards improving your sleep patterns. At the end, you will avoid the common pitfalls that come with sleep deprivation.

 

References
[1] The Role of Cytokines in Sleep Regulation: NCBI
[2] Does Lack of Sleep Make You More Suseptable to colds?: NHS
[3] Too Little Sleep, Too Much Fat: Harvard.edu
[4] Sleep Deprivation and Obesity: Harvard.edu
[5] When Sleep Problems Cause Sex Problems: webMD
[6] How Lack of Sleep is Hurting Your Fertility: RRC
[7] Microsleep: Wikipedia

Olivia Almeida

Olivia Almeida

Wellness Sage & Writer at OverSavvy
Olivia is passionate and super savvy when it comes to Weight Loss, Well-Being and everything Health & Fitness related. As the ultimate coach and cheerleader, this girlboss will help you take charge of your life to drop those extra pounds and look and feel your best. Nobody understands better than Olivia that the struggle is real, but if you follow her advice, you’ll be feeling fit, fierce, and fabulous in no time.


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