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Sleep Deprivation Can Make You Ill

Jul 15, 2008
How do you feel about sleep? Do you wish it wasn't necessary? Is the eight hours you need for sleep a waste of your precious time? Perhaps you have cut right back on sleep and feel kind of macho about it?

Let me tell you this sleep-less one, you are completely wrong! Sleep is vital, you can't dispense with it. You might as well dispense with your IQ. Chronic sleep deprivation is about the worst thing that can happen to you, short of a major illness.

If you have built up a chronic sleep debt over several weeks you are suffering from a dangerous sleep deprivation problem. Studies show that there are many problems associated with this. Here are a just a few of them:

-Lack of sleep can shorten your life. Death from all causes is lowest among adults who get seven to eight hours of sleep nightly, and significantly higher among those who sleep less than seven.

-The immune system is impaired by sleep deprivation. Sleep researcher Eve van Cauter at the University of Chicago gave flu vaccine to subjects who had slept only four hours per night for the previous six nights. Their immune systems produced only half the normal number of antibodies in response.

So in that study immune response was reduced by 50%. That is huge! How will you fight off a serious infection if your immune response is so sluggish? That same study, by researcher Eve van Cauter at the University of Chicago, also found:

a) Heart rate and blood pressure were raised.

b) Insulin resistance, a condition that produces obesity and warns of diabetes being not far behind.

c) A reduction of the hormone Leptin that inhibits appetite. This is one reason why obesity can be the result of sleep deprivation.

-Intellectual performance and the ability to think critically is severely reduced.

- Reaction time dips, dangerous in many situations such as driving, operating dangerous machinery or caring for small children. Numerous accidents have been laid at the door of lack of sleep. When combined with alcohol sleep deprivation becomes a killer. If you have a large sleep debt you are a danger not just to yourself but also to those you live or work with.

Notice how often driver fatigue is mentioned in reports on various accidents. The one we probably remember best is the Exon Valdize, but airplane and road traffic accidents are frequently put down to driver fatigue in other words, sleep deprivation.

Nowadays few responsible people would get behind the wheel of a car after a drinking session, but we still think nothing of driving when completely worn out and lacking sleep. People take a 24 hour plane ride to the other hemisphere, hop off the plane and into a hire car in which they drive on an unfamiliar side of the road for several hours. I am sure you don't want to meet them on the road.

Are you convinced? Sleep is not a waste a of time ever. If you are sleep deprived make it your business to catch up starting tonight. If yo have insomnia and have trouble getting enough sleep there are natural solutions that can help you.

Insomnia is a problem for many people today and it is usually caused by stress and anxiety. If this is you its important that you learn how to relax. Basic sleep hygiene is also very important.
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