New Science Reveals the Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
You wake up sluggish, slow, and with a subtle grumble in your tummy. As the snooze alarm blares for the third time, you begin to wonder if you are going to have the energy to make it through the day. When you get to the office, creative and social endeavors become a miserable effort and the only thing you can focus your mind on is getting another cup of coffee or dangerous energy drink just to get you through to quitting time.
We all know how low sleep or sleep deficit can affect the way we feel from day to day because we've all experienced how a poor night’s sleep makes us feel at one time or another, but alarming new studies in the pharmacodynamic, neurobehavioral, and neurocognitive fields have revealed that even subtle disruptions in your body's ability to produce natural melatonin and get a full night of restorative sleep can have devastating long-term effects on your health. And while a number of natural melatonin sleep supplements exist to solve the problem of sleep deficit and deprivation, millions of people continue to suffer, unaware of the chronic damage that disrupted sleep can do to the body.
Insomnia Can Lead To Heart Attack & Stroke
Doctors have known for years that disrupted and interrupted sleep patterns are a primary cause of high blood pressure. High blood pressure (HBP or “hypertension”) can put your quality of life and health in serious danger by damaging arteries, bursting or clogging blood vessels, and overworking of the heart leading to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure in adults. High blood pressure from sleep-deprivation can also damage the arteries around the kidneys and disrupt their ability to filter dangerous toxins out of your blood. The increase in blood pressure caused by long-term disrupted sleep can also lead to eye strain, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, angina, and peripheral artery disease.
Lack of Sleep Damages Metabolism and Promotes Diabetes
A recent article published in The Lancet Dieabetes & Endocrinology discovered a surprising link between the amount of sleep patients got and the risk they carried for developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a pattern of health factors that dramatically raise the risk in patients for developing diabetes mellitus, stroke, and heart disease. The onset of metabolic syndrome is also associated with a decrease in your body’s metabolism leading to an increase in waistline (abdominal obesity), a reduction in your body’s ability to process LDL cholesterol, and diabetes.
A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that seventy percent of patients reporting chronic insomnia develop metabolic syndrome and its associated health risks. However, the report also demonstrated that effective treatment of sleep disruption resulted in a significant reduction of metabolic syndrome and its effects on patients in the study.
Without Sleep, Your Skin Ages Faster
Everyone has experienced the puffy eyes and dull skin tone that often comes when you don’t get your full night of “beauty sleep”, but it turns out that severe sleep disruption can lead to wrinkles, dark circles around the eyes, and a permanent loosening of the skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone our bodies release when we don’t get enough sleep, breaks down skin collagen, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and elastic.
During sleep is the only time our bodies produce and release human growth hormone or HGH. Sleep loss often means our bodies are starved of this natural agent which, as we age, are dependant upon to increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones. Without human growth hormone released during sleep, our body’s tissues can’t repair themselves, and the wear and tear of daily life slowly becomes overwhelming to the skin and organs.
Sleeplessness Can Reduce the Effectiveness of Medication
We’ve already seen how sleep can affect metabolism and how inconsistent sleep patterns disrupt our body’s ability to process the things we eat, but did you know that the same processes work to help our body to get the most out of the medications prescribed by our doctors to help us get better and stay healthy?
Research by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics shows that the same sleep-controlled hormones that help you digest your dinner also aid your organs in the metabolism, oxidation, absorption, and processing of pharmaceuticals. Sleep also plays a role in promoting your kidney’s ability to dampen the toxic effects that some drugs, such as those prescribed to fight cancer or auto-immune disease, can have on your body.
Irregular Sleep Patterns Can Make You Fat
When it comes to keeping off the pounds, there’s more to it than just eating right and working out. Lack of sleep is directly correlated with an increase in hunger, appetite, and obesity. According to a 2008 study, adults who get less than six hours of uninterrupted sleep a night are thirty percent more likely to become obese? This is because there is a direct link between sleep and the peptides that govern feelings of hunger and satiation.
Ghrelin is the peptide that carries the the “hunger” signal from your gut to your brain while leptin sends the “I’m full, stop eating” message. Shortened sleep time has been demonstrated to cause massive increases in ghrelin and underproduction of leptin, which leads to overeating and eventually obesity. Ghrelin has also been shown to cause cravings for high-carbohydrate, high-fat foods, which is why adequate sleep is so often recommended as a core component of weight-loss programs.
What Can You Do About It?
Our bodies are designed to repair, recalibrate, and process during sleep, but if you can’t fall asleep and stay asleep at night, then you open yourself up to countless health risks and close the door to the restorative power of rest.
The key hormone that sends the “sleep” signal from our brains to our bodies is melatonin. As we age, our body’s natural ability to produce melatonin decreases.
Many over-the-counter melatonin supplements overdose our bodies by tasking our already-stressed-out metabolisms with the job of processing oral supplements through our livers and kidneys.
Sprayable Sleep is the most effective safest way to deliver the all-natural melatonin your body in a way that promotes a healthy, gentle, smooth transition into the daily rest your body needs.
A nightly topical treatment of less than 0.5 milligrams is all you need to fight the insomnia that threatens your health and well-being.
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