Sleeping is the most important for you healthy. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. For many of us, sleep is the sweet balm that soothes and restores us after a long day of work and play.
While sleeping, millions of processes happen in the body, helping the brain to store the important data in the memory, and the cells are regenerate and work to repair the damaged tissue. When all this functions is done, we wake up refreshed and energized. We also have a concentrate for activities in the following day.
Studies have found that sleep deprivation can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions, from heart diseases, diabetes, to cancer. These are the 6 diseases which are caused by the lack of sleep:
The link between heart problems and the lack of sleep has been suggested numerous times before, but the strongest evidence for the strong correlation has been found by a recent study and presented at Euro Heart Care, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology.
For 14 years, the team of researchers followed 657 Russian men between the ages of 25 and 64 and found that two-thirds of the individuals who experienced a heart attack had a sleep disorder as well.
The men who complained to have sleep disorders also had a 1/5 to 4 times greater stroke risk, and 2.6 times higher risk of myocardial infarction.
Sleep deprivation and excess sleep may lead to ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease manifested by ulcers within the lining of the digestive tract, as well as Crohn’s Disease.
The researchers found that 9 hours of sleep also raised the risks, meaning that the proper amount of sleep is a must in the prevention of these diseases.
The increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis in the case of sleep deprivation existed despite other factors as well, including weight, age, and habits such as drinking or smoking.
Obesity and Diabetes
Numerous studies and scientists have found the relation between poor sleep and diabetes, but a team of researchers at the University of Chicago conducted a study which showed the way poor sleep potentially leads to obesity, and ultimately can causes diabetes.
Researchers examined the effects of poor sleep on the accumulation of fatty acids and concluded that mans who slept for 4 hours for three nights had increased fatty acid levels within their blood between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. which was 15- 30 percent increase over those who slept 8.5 hours every night.
A study in 2013 found that a lack of sleep can cause Alzheimer’s disease and also affect the speed of its progression.
The study involves 70 adults between the ages of 53 and 91, and the lack of sleep every night led to a higher amount of beta-amyloid deposition in their brains on PET scans.
Researchers followed 2,425 Icelandic men between the ages of 67 and 96 for 3-7 years and found that the risk of developing prostate cancer increased in 60 percent of men with trouble falling asleep. This is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention (2013).
People with sleep problems were also more likely to have later st
ages of prostate cancer and this has been attributed to melanin, a sleep-regulating hormone, by researchers.
Researchers at the Stanford University of Medicine in 2014, conducted a study which lasted for 10 years and involved 420 participants ranging in middle to late adulthood. The participants (they were twenty) who suffered from poor sleep, unfortunately, committed suicide, which let scientists to find that people who consistently had difficulties sleeping were 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide.
The increased suicide rate to poor sleep is related to health issues, and stress increased with age.