Avoiding Metabolic Diseases with Sleep
Scientific research has shown that how much sleep we get is related to how predisposed we are to risks of various metabolic diseases.
Recent research in Sweden concludes that losing a single night of sleep can alter the genes that control our body’s cellular biological clock. That affects our metabolism. It is particularly related to increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
- Impairs judgment and cognitive function
- Makes you more prone to depression (by many times)
- Decreases libido
- Ages your skin faster
- Alters hunger hormones, causing cravings and keeping you from feeling satisfied even when you’ve had enough food
- Lowers body temperature, resulting in a lower calorie requirement (so if you keep eating as much, you’ll gain weight)
The ancient practice of Ayurveda stresses a good night’s sleep and has specific recommendations for the best hours of repose for certain body types: the Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Chronic sleep deprivation leads to chronic diseases, such as:
- Cardiovascular Disease
If chronic sleep deprivation leads to chronic stress and depression, then there is no disease you can rule out as a possible side effect.
For suggestions on how to improve your quality of sleep, please see the entry for Insomnia.
A study published in a neurology journal (JAMA) reports that there is an association between fragmented sleep and memory loss and dementia. Those who had disrupted sleep cycles also had a buildup of amyloid plaque in their brains. It is unclear which might be the cause and which might be the effect.