WHY SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT?

WHY SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT?

Donna Costa

Sleep affects all our organs performance, but most importantly our brain. Sleep plays very important role for maintaining healthy immune system, mental function, body temperature and blood pressure which are essential for good health. Insomnia is serious threat to our health, it is considered same as smoking by some experts.

  • Insomnia patients have higher risk of developing diabetes. The link is proven by showing decreased response to insulin by sleep deprived people.
  • Chronic poor sleep increases risk of dementia. The beta amyloid which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease is cleaned from the brain during the sleep.
  • Ability to learn, maintaining short or long term memory is impaired by insomnia. Signs of aging get accelerated by chronically deprived sleep and long term insomnia.
  • Stomach releases more hunger hormone without enough sleep and it makes us eat more than we need, causing to obesity.
  • Cognitive functions such as decision making and problem solving negatively affected by sleep loss.
  • Sleep problems are a criterion for both depression and bipolar disorder. 80% of patients with depression have poor-quality sleep.
  • Immune systems functions get disrupted by sleep deprivation. You can easily catch any infection after sleepless nights.
  • Sleep problems also to increase the risk of mood disorder, irritation and irrational behavior.
  • Less than 6 hours sleep a night brings increased risk of depression, psychosis and stroke.
  • Studies show link between sleep disorders and increased cancer & mortality rate.
  • According to some experts since natural sleep has many different stages and cycles, artificially manipulating sleep with drugs or devices don’t solve the problem. It only puts a temporary solution and actually makes it worse in the long term. Finding a safe, nontoxic solution for your sleep problems should be your first choice.