6 Diseases Your Lack of Sleep Could Be Causing

Recent studies have shown just how important sleep is to the human body. You might think that skipping a couple of hours a night won't do any harm but it could be doing more harm than you expected. In an ever increasingly busy world, we show just how important sleep is to your overall health.

Its something that we do everyday, something we even take for granted, but sleep is one of the most important things we do to help our bodies fend off illnesses. When we don't sleep, we are depriving our body of vital functions that it needs to stay healthy. 

Studies are increasingly showing the importance of sleep and it has been linked with everything from Alzheimer's to cancer. Here are some of the main illnesses that you could be putting yourself at risk of in not getting your 8 hours.

1. Alzheimer’s

A 2013 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that a lack of sleep can both be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease and impact the speed of the disease’s progression. The study concluded that not enough sleep can cause 'cerebral waste' to build up, which may be a cause of Alzheimers..

Out of 70 adults, ranging between the ages of 53 and 91, researchers found that those who reported getting poor sleep each night showed a greater amount of  beta-amyloid deposition in their brains on PET scans.

2. Obesity and Diabetes

A recent study at the University of Chicago looked into how obesity can be caused by lack of sleep, and turn into diabetes. Fatty acid levels within the blood can alter metabolism speed and insulin’s ability to regulate blood sugar. The study looked at 19 men’s sleeping patterns, and the researchers found that those who got only four hours of sleep over the span of three nights had higher than normal levels of fatty acid in their blood between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m, a 15 to 30 percent increase to those who got 8.5 hours of sleep each night.

3. Cardiovascular Disease

A recent study by EuroHeartCare at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology showed strong evidence of a link between cardiovascular disease and lack of sleep. The study followed  657 Russian men between the ages of 25 and 64 for 14 years, and researchers found that nearly two-thirds of patients who had suffered a heart attack were prone to sleep disorders.

They also found that people with sleep disorders had a  2.6 times higher risk of myocardial infraction, a heart attack which occurs when the heart muscle dies, and a 1.5 to four times greater risk of stroke.

4. Suicide

This particular study found that those with sleep disorders were more likely to commit suicide, even if they had not suffered from depression in the past. Stanford University of Medicine conducted the study on 420 participants ranging in middle to late adulthood. 20 participants who had known sleep disorders unfortunately committed suicide. Researchers concluded from the data that you are 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide if you suffer from sleep problems. This study was conducted on mostly men over the age of 85 and they ultimately concluded that these men already had health problems that were related to their sleep disorders.

5.Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a disease similar to Crohn's and has found to share a link with sleep or lack thereof. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that the right amount of sleep is necessary to stop inflammation in the digestive system which often lead to the two diseases. It was found that having less than six hours a night or less can contribute to ulcerative colitis although other factors like drinking and smoking also came into account.

6. Prostate Cancer

A study published in 2013 in the journal Cancer Epidemology, Biomarkers and Prevention, researchers found an increased incidence and severity of prostate cancer in patients with sleep issues. 2,425 Icelandic men between the ages of 67 and 96 were observed for three to seven years, and researchers discovered that the danger of developing prostate cancer was up to 60 percent higher in men who had trouble falling asleep. This number doubled in men who had difficulty staying asleep. Tumour growth has been linked with levels of melatonin which is found in artificial light sources.

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