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16-09-2015

10 Things That Are Affected When You Don't Get Enough Sleep At Night

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Today, everyday modern life is full of stresses and stains. Along with this it is becoming more and more common to suffer from a lack of sleep. As we are all busier with work, hobbies, education and family life, many of us are not getting the eight hours of sleep we need each night. The initial signs of this a feeling of grogginess often coupled with mild headaches and the inability to concentrate properly. We are all guilty of reaching for an extra coffee to keep these feelings at bay so we can get through the day. But what if we continue with less sleep than we need? What are the affects of prolonged fatigue?

1. Putting on weight can be linked with a lack of sleep

A surprising side affect of interrupted sleep is obesity. Adults are 30 percent more likely to be overweight if they do not get enough shut eye night after night. There are a couple of reasons this happens, firstly the body has lower leptin levels and leptin tells us when we are full. This means tired people will often overeat and over time this will increase the waist line. Another reason is because exhausted people tend to reach for sugary snacks or food that is high in carbohydrates. Craving chocolate, fast food and sweet treats is commonplace and it takes more willpower to not give in to it. Someone who is exhausted is also less likely to want to exercise and will be quite content to settle on a chair sofa whenever possible. So, to help with weight loss, getting a full night’s sleep is just as important as eating the right food and going to the gym.
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2. Increased risk of heart disease

Lack of regular sleep can have a very serious affect on health, it can contribute to raised blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. Middle-aged and older people are more at risk of this, and they are also more likely to find it hard to sleep as well. The full reasons are not understood, but several studies have shown that broken sleep causes the blood pressure to rise which puts a lot of strain on the heart, and can cause strokes. Harvard Medical School conducted a small study where participants were required to get an extra hour of sleep each night for a total of six weeks. All of those who took part saw a drop in their blood pressure readings, and in some cases this meant the difference between needing medication and not. High blood pressure mixed with stress is a deadly combination that could induce strokes, some of which are so mild they can go undetected, but they are a serious matter.
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