Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Maybe that’s because you’re not comfortable with your bed or maybe you still have loads of work to do before going to sleep. Either of the two, these poor sleeping habits may develop not only short-term but also long-term physical and mental disorder. Let’s take a look at some of those diseases and how they affect us.
Many studies associate insufficient sleep to weight gain. Take for example those who sleep less than six hours every night. According to studies, these are the people most likely to have a higher than the average body mass index while those who have sufficient amount of sleep (8 hours a day) have the lowest body mass index. Experts are now considering sleep as one of the factors of obesity aside from a lack of exercise and overeating.
Some researchers figured out that a short amount of sleep may lead to type two diabetes by letting the body produce glucose, a high-energy carbohydrate that cells are using as fuel.
In addition to that, another sleeping disorder called sleep apnea can occur due to lack of sleep. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing becomes difficult while sleeping. That is due to the development of damaged glucose control, the same as what happens in diabetes.
Hypertension and Heart Diseases
Studies found that one night of insufficient sleep for those who already have hypertension can cause an abnormal increase in blood pressure the next day. This effect has been the basis for specialists to correlate inadequate sleep to cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Furthermore, poor sleep is also a living root of the interrelation of sleep apnea and heart disease. People who experience sleep apnea have many awakenings every night because of airways closing while sleeping. Moreover, apart from these resting disturbances, awakenings at night for those who have sleep apnea and hypertension may experience a sudden rush of blood, which is a major factor for heart diseases.
Mood disorders are the most common among people. Almost everyone experiences mood swings and irritability when we lack sleep. It is feasible enough that ceaseless insufficient sleep may cause long-term mood irregularity. Poor sleep issues correlate with anxiety, depression, and mental despair.
It is pretty much unsurprising for sick people to go to bed. In fact, in a particular research involving animals (which was conducted by specialists), it suggests that those animals, affected by a microbial challenge, who had more deep sleep have better chances of survival.
Studies have shown that high alcohol intake is common in people who don’t sleep well at night. There are double effects for this. First, alcohol acts as a mild calmative and is popularly used by individuals who have sleeping disorders such as insomnia. And secondly, the calming effect of alcohol is just temporary that it stimulates the parts of your body and then your brain causing you to have some awakenings in the night.
It is pretty obvious that a person who lacks sleep has to be prepared for the unhealthy effects and disorders that may be developed in the body. Therefore, life expectancy is indeed affected as a result of poor sleeping habits.
Needless to say, just as poor beds and sleeping struggles can affect the development of disorders, several diseases can influence the amount of sleep we all get. Most of the population experience this, but usually we tend to keep this from our doctors because we think that it’s not that important, and doctors are not asking for this as well. The widespread lack of awareness about the impact of sleep can have serious and expensive or costly effect on public health.
Rachel Minahan is a furniture collector and interior designer. Six years since graduating from college, she has helped countless clients achieve their dream interior design for their houses or offices. Amanda has also traveled to various places to find the right furniture and to draw inspiration from different cultural groups.