It has been found via research that sleep issues may cause diabetes and cardiac problems.
Those who don’t catch their share of Z’s may be prone to a host of nasty illnesses. Among these heart attack, diabesity and risk of strokes are at the top of the list. So getting your forty winks is a must. Especially when the sleep debt collects over time the result is a backlog of sleepless nights that will have to be covered willy-nilly.
The symptoms that may develop as a result of poor sleep include: high blood sugar levels, skyrocketing cholesterol, a spare tire, hypertension and high triglycerides. This complex host of problems is normally labeled as metabolic syndrome and it spells trouble.
Those who skimp on sleep or are easily awakened due to insomnia face the greatest hurdles. It is not the quantity that matters but the quality.
“The 'short' sleepers should be aware of the risks of developing metabolic syndrome, which could lead them to suffer from life threatening and chronic diseases,” lead author Dr. Jang Young Kim of Yonsei University in South Korea told Reuters by email.
If someone has deep restful sleep that is refreshing and energy-restoring than well and good. But someone who is generally dissatisfied with life and not a fast sleeper may end up contracting metabolic syndrome. The complex disease causes life itself to be threatened and may lead to chronic conditions that further complicate life.
Over 2600 grownups were followed through their daily schedule. The study lasted two years and those who didn’t get at least six hours of sleep per night developed metabolic syndrome.
“The strength of this study is that it is a prospective study, which means short sleep was associated with the development of metabolic syndrome,” Knutson said. “This is important because the sleep duration was measured before the people had the disease.”
Sleep habits and sleep hygiene appear to be very important factors that contribute to a person’s health. One of the worst effects of losing sleep was the development of a paunch.
This apple shape led to all the diseases in the world since the organs of the viscera were located in the stomach region. And while the quality of sleep was analyzed, the quality was something that escaped the scientists’ tools.
Lifestyle matters a whole lot in the illnesses and maladies one contracts. By reforming your diet, engaging in regular exercise and sleeping like a baby, you increase your chances of living a fulfilling purposeful life.
“We don’t know yet if it is possible to reverse the effects” of too little sleep, Knutson added. “Still, adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes appropriate sleep, a healthy diet and sufficient exercise will be beneficial to your health.”
Sleep seems to be the third dimension of the health square. The fourth is stress relief. Rest and relaxation are the great restorers of peace of mind and happiness. Although we don’t know why exactly we sleep, it appears to be the case that we need it on an urgent basis. Go for long without sleep and you will start hallucinating and performing worse and worse on everyday tasks requiring concentration and attention.
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The study was published online in the journal Sleep Medicine on Sept. 25.