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Ten Good Reasons To Make Sleep A Priority

There are hundreds of excellent reasons for why we all need to pay more attention to our sleep patterns and make sure that we are getting at least eight hours of sleep per night, to make sure we are operating at our peak. But even more than sleeping in order to improve ourselves, some of the most important reasons for making sleep a priority have to do with the health risks posed by not getting enough rest. Here are ten things you may not have known that sleep deprivation could do to you.

  • Increased Risk of Getting into an Accident

We’ve all seen the television ads that equate tipsy driving with drunk driving, but did you know that drowsy driving is just as bad if not worse? The physical impact of driving without getting enough sleep is the same as having a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit – your reaction time is diminished and your decision-making abilities are too. One scientific study revealed that “Motor vehicle accidents related to fatigue, drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel are particularly common, but often underestimated. “

  • Loss of Interest in Sex

Many people kid around about having lots of sex since they’re not sleeping, but the truth is that getting enough sleep is one of the most important contributors to testosterone production, and both men and women need testosterone to have a normal sex drive. According to studies done by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Sexual Medicine and other brain and sleep studies, when you aren’t getting enough sleep or your sleep is disturbed, you are far more likely to suffer from sexual dysfunction and reduced libido.

  • Increased Sensitivity to Pain

Though it is widely understood that people who suffer from chronic pain find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, new studies have shown that sleep deprivation may actually be contributing to sensitivity to pain or causing the pain in the first place.  One study revealed that sleep study volunteers who were kept awake throughout the night exhibited a much lower threshold to pain then they had when they’d gotten enough sleep.

  • Metabolic Disorders

Your body functions differently when you are awake versus when you are asleep, and that includes the way that your metabolism works, as well as the production of a variety of hormones. When you are awake but should be asleep, you are at greater risk for insulin resistance, which means that you are pre-diabetic. Improving sleep diminishes risk of diabetes 2.

  • Carelessness

The number of sloppy, careless mistakes that people make increases when they haven’t gotten enough sleep. Though most people don’t initially think this is much of a consequence, imagine if the surgeon who is operating on you in the morning didn’t sleep well, or the pilot who is flying your plane on your next trip. Errors are committed by everybody from doctors to athletes when they have been up for extended periods of time.

  • Risk of Cancer

Doctors and scientists are only beginning to learn the exact relationship between risk of cancer and sleep deprivation, but preliminary studies have not only shown that sleep deprivation can increase the risk for being diagnosed with breast cancer and colon cancer, but it has also been shown that patients who make conscious changes to their sleep habits and get enough sleep have improved reactions to surgical procedures and cancer treatments. Though there are a number of theories as to what the specific mechanisms are, it is thought that anything that disrupts the circadian rhythm will also have a negative impact on overall immunity.

  • Memory Loss

One of the most overriding concerns that people have as they age is the fear that they will be impacted by brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Studies have shown that lack of sleep in the elderly makes very specific changes in the structure of the brain, and that these have a direct impact on long-term memory. Other studies have shown that sleep deprivation impacts memories of adults. There are also more recent studies that point to sleep as a time during which toxins are swept from the brain, thus preventing the buildup of damaging plaques.

  • Genetic Problems

Though many think that our gene structure and genetic activity are immutable, studies have shown that sleep deprivation disrupts the pattern that is written into our genetic code. One sleep deprivation study in which participants were limited to less than six hours of sleep per night showed that hundreds of genes stopped behaving normally. This may explain a great deal about reduced immunity and increased stress responses.

  • Depression and Lack of Happiness

A number of studies have linked unhappiness to lack of sleep, including a study of nearly 1,000 women that tracked their activities and moods over an extended period of time. There were several factors measured as part of the study in order to determine what had the biggest impact on the women’s happiness, and after all factors were weighed it showed that the two variables that could most easily ruin the women’s days were either lack of sleep the night before or challenging work stresses.  Additional studies showed that among married women, those who reported getting a good night’s sleep were happier within their relationship, and a study of insomniacs revealed that they are twice as likely to suffer from depression. Research is now being done to determine whether solving sleep problems is a viable treatment for mood disorders.

 Dying

Finally, studies have consistently shown that over and above all of the health risks associated with sleep deprivation, people who chronically sleep less than seven or eight hours a day have a higher likelihood of dying within a given amount of time than their peers who get the sleep that they need.

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