You may not be too concerned about the fact you aren’t sleeping well, but below are six diseases that your lack of sleep could be causing. For the below reasons, it may be time to consider a better sleep routine.
Lots of things can interfere with your sleep, like a late night at work or various things to get done around the house before you head to bed. However, continually depriving yourself of the recommended time asleep (six to eight hours) can mean you become very sick down the line.
Endangering Your Heart and Bones Are Serious Matters
Lack of sleep can lead to serious ongoing conditions that can not be undone simply by going to bed earlier. Therefore, instead of subjecting yourself to these conditions that can lead to death, start sleeping more now. Consider the following as your incentive:
Stroke – higher blood pressure and a higher level of the chemicals that lead to stroke in the blood stream are both linked to lack of sleep on a regular basis.
Diabetes – eating poorly is a result of lack of sleep, since you tend to eat more at meals and also lean toward junk food more than you would with a proper amount of sleep to back you up at meal times. Therefore, the risk of suffering from diabetes is increased.
Osteoporosis – This and other conditions related to the bones can result from continued lack of sleep. This is due to the fact that mineral density in the bones seems to decrease when you continue to not get an average of six to eight hours of sleep per night as an adult.
Other Conditions Are Inconvenient and Downright Scary
The following conditions are serious inconveniences when you are trying to get work done or simply enjoy life during the day. Others, like breast cancer, can mean death just when you thought you beat it and have your whole life left ahead of you:
Memory loss – when you are not sleeping, your brain is not at its full ability. Eventually, you will have serious memory loss that can become permanent if you don’t start getting some more sleep and quickly.
Breast cancer – breast cancer sufferers actually are prone to a recurrence of the disease when they do not get sufficient sleep. So avoid having to deal with cancer again, when it was bad enough the first time, by getting more sleep.
Incontinence – getting up in the middle of the night usually results in a trip to the bathroom, for a reason to move around if nothing else. However, over time that trip to the bathroom becomes necessary and in turn makes sure you do not get enough sleep. The cycle feeds itself and you have the issues with your bladder to deal with during waking hours as well.
As you may notice, skipping a couple hours of sleep has a lot more serious consequences than simply being tired the next day. Therefore, it may be wise to do what you can but make sleeping the proper amount a priority to avoid more serious issues in the future.