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Sleeping little: 8 serious consequences for health

Sleeping little: 8 serious consequences for health

April 22, 2024

Everyone knows that Sleeping little carries immediate detrimental effects , as the lack of concentration, the reduction of proactivity, clumsiness and drowsiness. However, the long-term harmful effects that can generate the habit of sleeping little.

Harmful effects of not sleeping enough hours

The human being needs to rest between 7 and 9 hours a day , but many of the adults do not get to sleep those hours because of the hustle and bustle of working life. Those who sleep only 5 or 6 hours (or even less), may be exposing themselves to certain risks. According to a study by the University of Texas, linking seven nights with rest deficit and causes important genetic alterations that can lead to heart disease and obesity, among other pathologies.

In order to summarize and warn of the need to sleep the hours that our body demands, we offer a list of 8 pernicious effects that comes with the habit of sleeping a little .

1. Increase the risk of cerebrovascular collapse

An investigation by the Mayo Clinic in the United States revealed that sleep deficit increases the chances of having a stroke . Adults who usually rest less than 6 hours have up to 400% risk of presenting the symptoms of stroke.

2. Obesity

Resting a few hours increases the appetite and the number of food cravings rich in fat and calories. This is explained because When we are not able to fall asleep, we suffer some hormonal readjustments that lead us to be hungrier .

Sleeping 6 hours or less facilitates the production of the hormone related to appetite, ghrelin, while inhibiting leptin, responsible for regulating food intake, as indicated by research published in Journal of Academy Nutrition and Dietetics.

3. Increase the risk of diabetes

The publication Journal Sleep revealed that adolescents who do not sleep well offer more resistance to insulin, a fact that warns of the close relationship between a bad break and the chances of developing diabetes in the medium or long term.

4. Memory loss

Everyone has noticed that When you are tired, it is easier to forget things . However, the effect of lack of permanent sleep can cause lasting cognition problems.

During sleep, memory storage processes are carried out, which allows to 'reorder' the learned cognitive material. If we do not rest enough hours, we do not benefit from this restructuring and we cause brain deterioration, as pointed out by a study carried out at the University of California.

5. Deterioration of the bones

An investigation conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin warned that lack of sleep can lead to osteoporosis.

The study was conducted with mice. Scientists warned that The mineral and structural density of bone mass and spinal cord was impaired in rodents in circumstances of sleep deprivation .

6. Increase the risk of developing cancer

The American Cancer Society discovered that sleeping a few hours increases the risk of suffering some types of cancer r , such as colorectal or breast cancer.

7. Increase the risk of myocardial infarction

Sleep deprivation can cause your body to manufacture more chemicals and hormones that can lead to the development of heart disorders, according to research published in European Heart Journal. The study revealed that those who sleep little, for example less than 6 hours have 49% risk of suffering a cardiac pathology .

8. Sleeping little can kill

An investigation made public by Journal Sleep announced that those who sleep less than 7 hours have a shorter life expectancy . Those who sleep a few hours are four times more likely to die in the next 15 years because of different pathologies.

Bibliographic references:

  • Diagnostic Classification Steering Committee of the America Sleep Disorders Association. (1990). International classification of sleep disorders-diagnostic and coding manual. Rochester (MN): American Sleep Disorders Association.
  • Hornyak M, Feige B, Riemann D, Voderholzer U. (2006). Periodic leg movements in sleep and periodic limb movement disorder: prevalence, clinical significance and treatment. Sleep Med Rev.

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