" Studies showed that sleep deprivation can cause hypertension which increases the risk of stroke by up to 7 times."
Most people don't get enough sleep. Ideally, we should have an eight hour sleep every day. However, many of us often stay awake until late at night and wake up early in the morning.
The immediate effects of not having enough sleep include mood instability, lower concentration and alertness. Sleep deprivation increases the risk for accidents and injuries. It also reduces the productivity at work. The long term effects of regular sleep deprivation are far more damaging. Chronic sleep deprivation is known to cause depression, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and premature ageing.
Sleep Deprivation and Depression
According to Harvard Medical School, sleep deprivation affects 50% to 80% of patients in a typical psychiatric practise. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of developing mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On the other hand, a good quality sleep at night improves mental and emotional strength.
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Sleep Deprivation and Obesity
Sleep deprivation slows down the body's metabolism and increases water retention. People who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more prone to weight gain. Many studies showed that there is a close correlation between sleep deprivation and weight gain. One particular study suggests that people who sleep less than 5 hours per night is at a 40% increased risk of obesity compared to those who get 7 to 8 hours sleep per night.
Sleep Deprivation and Diabetes
Studies showed that adults need about 8 hours sleep per night for the normal regulation of metabolism. Not getting enough sleep regularly makes our body less capable of regulating blood sugar levels. Sleeping 4 to 5 hours per night reduces the body's glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of developing diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes.
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Sleep Deprivation and Heart Disease
Sleep deprivation increases the risk for chronic inflammation, a condition which has been associated with heart disease. Studies showed that even a one-time sleepless night can cause immediate elevated blood pressure in people who have existing hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk of stroke by up to 7 times (International Journal of Hypertension).
Sleep Deprivation Causes Premature Ageing
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Scientific Sources: Sleep and mental health, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, Consequences of Insufficient Sleep, The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Sleep and Disease Risk, The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Sleep deprivation and obesity in adults: a brief narrative review, BMJ Journals, Volume 4, Issue 1; Habitual Sleep Deprivation is Associated with Type 2 Diabetes: A Case-Control Study, Oman Medical Journal, 2016 Nov; 31(6): 399–403; Hypertension as a Risk Factor: Is It Different in Ischemic Stroke and Acute Myocardial Infarction Comparative Cross-Sectional Study?, International Journal of Hypertension, 2011; 2011: 701029.
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