Insufficient sleep can leave you feeling grumpy and agitated and will ruin your mood for the rest of the day.
Over a longer period of time, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues like obesity, diabetes, slower metabolism and inflammation.
A prolonged lack of sleep acts as a catalyst in disrupting basic health conditions which has detrimental effects on your health.
Shortage of sleep in the long run can shorten life expectancy too. Studies show that people who get a good night’s sleep live longer than those who don’t.
This further strengthens the argument in favor of getting the required amount of sleep every day.
In fact, physicians might even just recommend a good nights’ sleep to resolve and prevent possible health issues.
According to a study by Harvard Med, the optimal sleep required differs for everyone, depending on their age and genetics. But on an average 6-8 hours of sleep in a day are optimal for the body to function at its best. Less than 6 hours of sleep increases the risk of heart disease.
When the body is resting, different enzymes and chemicals are activated, which calm it down from the intense activity that it undertook throughout the day. During this rest, the blood pressure and heart rate drops, and the body starts rejuvenating.
Insufficient Sleep and Your Heart
Less than 6 hours of sleep prevents the heart rate from dropping and keeps it elevated for a prolonged period. This lack of variability means the hearts’ work remains the same, causing hypertension.
The further validation comes from studies about sleep apnea. It’s a condition which causes troubled breathing which wakes people frequently and disrupts their sleep cycle, causing sleep deprivation and fatigue.
According to the American Heart Association, sleep apnea is a contributor to increased risk of elevated blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and congestive heart failure.
Lack of sleep also disrupts metabolism, creating imbalance in blood sugar levels in turn heightening the risk for diabetes. Shorter sleep cycles hinder production of hormones which function to decrease appetite, triggering an increased consumption of calories. This increases the chance of high cholesterol and obesity which are known causes of multiple heart diseases.
How Can You Sleep Better?
According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), 1 in 3 adults suffer from sleep deprivation; leading cause being a more hectic and busy lifestyle.
There are many ways which can help in getting a good night’s sleep, and some of them are;
- Exercise This tires out the body, improves the chemical balances, and allows for more restful sleep.
- Lower the intake of alcohol and caffeine-laden beverages in the evening.
- Avoid a heavy, rich meal right before you go to sleep.
- And establish a fixed routine right before you sleep to trigger easy sleeping in future.
The most important tip is to get checked by a physician to make sure you have no underlying conditions that are causing the improper sleep cycle.
Not having sufficient sleep and rest in one day can have an adverse impact on not only the heart but overall physical and mental health. Recognizing and solving issues regarding your sleep early can save you distress later.