Usually staying up late for work, doing college assignments, or watching Korean dramas? Yup, staying up late and not getting enough sleep is probably your daily routine. At most, you’ll only be sleepy during the day, unfocused, nervous, or lazy. But, are you sure that the effects of sleep deprivation are just that?
According to the National Sleep Foundation , adults should ideally sleep between 7-9 hours each night. Well, how many hours do you usually sleep?
Lack of sleep in just one night might not be dangerous, but if it’s been a week? Or, staying up late has become your habit for years? This, you know, is a dangerous result if you lack sleep, guys !
1. Got a Stroke
Although considered not a definite effect or a common occurrence, lack of sleep can actually lead to stroke. According to research in 2012, adults who sleep less than 6 hours have four times greater risk of stroke than those who get enough sleep.
2. Obesity, aka overweight
Sleep deprivation also has an effect on eating patterns. Usually, people who lack sleep will eat more and tend to like junk food . This has been proven in 18 studies in 2012, that diet and sleep patterns are related.
Lack of sleep results in hormonal changes in the body. The production of ghrelin (a hormone that increases appetite) increases, while the production of leptin (a hormone that controls appetite) decreases. Well, now you know why if you stay up all night, you’re naturally hungry?
3. Diabetes risk
Research in 2012 proves that lack of sleep can affect insulin. In other words, lack of sleep results in diabetes.
The results of research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases on several teenagers explained that one of the teenagers who had the least sleep turned out to have the highest insulin resistance. This means that the body does not use insulin effectively.
In addition, there are fat cells which indicate that lack of sleep causes insulin resistance in these cells. Even when someone is on a diet or even limiting their calorie intake.
4. Weak Memory
Maybe it’s natural that you easily forget or don’t focus when your body is tired. However, sleep deprivation can result in permanent memory loss. The less you sleep, the weaker your memory ability. Worse, lack of sleep results in brain damage which can then result in memory loss.
The researchers found changes in bone mineral density and marrow in the bones of mice that were sleep deprived for 72 days.
Steven R. Goodman, Ph.D lead editor of Experimental Biology and Medicine explains that the same results may occur in humans, that there is a link between sleep deprivation and osteoporosis.
6. Result in Cancer
Although it is still confusing, research continues and the results are generally the same, that lack of sleep results in certain types of cancer. Of the 1240 people who were screened for colorectal cancer, 338 of them usually slept less than 6 hours.
Follow-up research also states that polyps are common in those who are sleep deprived. In addition, the risk of breast cancer also threatens you who like to stay up late.
7. Heart Attack
Stress and tension due to lack of sleep also affect the body to produce chemicals and hormones that can cause heart attacks. According to research, the risk of those who lack sleep is 48%.
8. Lack of sleep = die young
Believe it or not, people who are sleep deprived are indicated to die young, guys ! The risk is greater than those who sleep enough, which is around 6.5 – 7.5 hours every night. In fact, men who slept less than 6 hours were 4x more likely to die over a 14-year period. Well, you know!
Well , even though the risk of staying up late or not getting enough sleep is pretty scary, you can really prevent it all. You can control your own sleep, right? Try to learn discipline for your own health. Let’s live longer, guys ! Spirit..