A study done last year shows that just one week of sleeping less than seven hours a night can result in changes to 700 genes, and we’re talking bad, not good, changes. Skimping on sleep can lead to drastic and harmful life modifications.
According to the study, sleep deprivation can lead you to choosing and consuming higher-portion, higher-calorie and higher-carb foods, even while just shopping at a grocery store, leading to weight gain. From there, it gets worse.
Skimping on sleep increases colorectal and breast cancer risks, as well as: your diabetes risk rises, your judgment worsens, your stroke risk quadruples, your overall risk of cancer increases, you lose brain tissue, your sperm count decreases, you have memory problems, you’re more likely to catch a cold, you’re more likely to get emotional, you’re more likely to have an accident, and finally, your overall risk of death increases.
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.
In short, you need your sleep — and a sound sleep at that. If your snoring, sleep hygiene or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are robbing you of the regeneration you need, then you need to seek professional help and get back on track to the type of sleep that refreshes you for your next day’s challenges. Seek help today.