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Guest Post: Is a Good Night’s Sleep Critical for a Healthy Life

The answer to that question is yes. Sleep has a very vital role in our lives and is an important requirement for our mental, physical and general well-being. It not only rejuvenates and revitalizes our body but also improves our cognitive functions and strengthens our memory. It affects your life quality plays a very crucial role in life safety.

Your day depends a lot on the quality and duration of your sleep. Your ability to work, feel and behave are all dependent on the quality and duration of your Zzzz’s. Poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide(1), depression(2) and anxiety. Continuous sleep deprivation has also been linked to chronic health problems.

Weight Gain

Sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality can affect your satiety centre and cause you to gain weight. You are more likely to overindulge if you are sleep deprived. Getting a proper 8-hour sleep will ensure you take in fewer calories.

Productivity Issues

It is a no brainer that less sleep equals to less productivity. Not only that, sleep deprivation also causes the inability to think, react and concentrate. It affects your mood and mental health severely and may lead to poor decision-making skills.

Higher Risk of Cardiac Diseases

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea often end up having heart problems. When a person does not get the required amount of sleep, the body releases certain chemicals which keep the body from lowering its blood pressure and heart rate. If sleep deprivation becomes a regular thing, high blood pressure during the day becomes common and can easily lead to cardiovascular issues.

Risk of Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the human body is unable to break down sugar properly. This causes a starvation of your cells for energy since it is not getting energy through glucose. When the quality of your sleep is poor or you are sleep deprived, your body requires more insulin in order to maintain normal glucose levels. Sleep deprivation affects the body’s stress-control centre and causes hormonal imbalances which lead to problems in the regulation of glucose. When sleeplessness becomes a habit, the insulin producing cells stop proper functioning and give rise to elevated blood glucose levels which can cause diabetes. So, that late night chocolate cravings are not to be tended to if you want to continue eating sweet things later on in life!

Depression

Insomnia is a common occurrence among the depressed patients. People who have issues falling asleep, staying asleep or getting quality sleep are at a higher risk of developing depression as compared to those who get quality sleep(3). Sleep apnea has also been observed to cause depression.

Weak Immune System

Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality also weakens the immune system. Hence, sleep deprived individuals are more likely to catch a flu or fever. The human body produces proteins called cytokines that are released by the immune system to promote sleep. When you have an infection or inflammation or are under a lot of stress, some of these cytokines increase. Sleep deprivation causes the production of these cytokines to decrease. It also causes the infection fighting antibodies to decrease in number, thus weakening the human immune system and making the body vulnerable to common diseases.

Emotional Instability

Feeling irritated and emotionally unstable after a sleep deprived night is not uncommon. Recent studies have shown that a sleep deprived mind loses its ability to think rationally. A sleep deprived brain starts exhibiting primitive behaviour and regresses in its ability to think rationally and logically. Hence, the emotions start running amok.

Many psychiatric disorders that involve emotions are related to sleep deprivation. Abnormal patterns of sleep can cause mental instability. A good night’s sleep is very important to maintain a healthy mind and keep your emotions in check. Instead of going for anti-depressants or other drugs, go for a good night’s sleep and this may just be the simplest cure for your emotional and mental behaviour to get back to normal.

Safety!

Sleep deprivation can quite critically affect your life directly too. Sleep deprived individuals are at a higher risk for accidents on the road or at work. There have been many cases of fatal road accidents when sleep deprived individuals dozed off while driving.

The normal adults require a minimum of 8 hours sleep to lead a healthy life. Getting less than 8 hours can contribute to a great deal of physical as well as mental issues. A lot of people are not aware of the dangers of getting less sleep. They may think that they can function properly after getting only a few hours of sleep but if sleep deprivation becomes a habit, it can take its toll on the person’s health and safety in a horrible way. Your body and your immune system depend greatly on sleep. So, change into your Pj’s, turn off the lights and hit the bed for some Zzzz’s so that you can make sure you live a healthy and fuller life.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25133759
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16259539
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=16335332&ordinalpos=9&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

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Eugene Gabriel has his BSc (Hons.) Degree in Psychology. He has always been fascinated by the effects of good quality sleep, or the lack of it on human productivity and overall well-being. He has helped thousands of individuals suffering from sleeping problems by teaching them about the healthy changes they need to make in their lifestyle in order to sleep peacefully.

Five Simple Ways To Stop Chronic Pain Ruling Your Life

Living with chronic pain can be so debilitating, and cause untold amounts of physical and psychological strain on sufferers. Any pain that lasts more than six months is chronic, by definition, although it can come in waves, and sufferers may experience good and bad days. It can completely affect how a person lives their life – some people are forced to stop working, stop socializing, and some can’t even make it to the store for groceries. Medical treatments exist to limit the pain, including both prescription and over the counter drugs, but many people find that they are not enough, and have to look to themselves for pain management as well. If you’re a sufferer of chronic pain, or know somebody that is, and would like to know more about how to stop chronic pain from ruling your life, read on.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Holistic Experts’ Tips on Having Beautiful Skin

Investing in high-quality products is advisable for proper skincare, but they won’t do much if you don’t take care of your skin from the inside while minding the importance of physical activity and committing to a beauty routine suitable for your skin. Treating your body as a whole is the key to balanced life; everything you do leaves a mark on your skin so you might as well be proactive about it and pay more attention to your health behavior. Read on to find out some holistic experts tips on beautiful skin.

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Nicole Noël is a travel addict and a passionate writer. She always seeks new adventures, and she loves to share her experiences. She’s architecture and interior design enthusiast. In her spare time, she loves to design furniture, clothes, and jewellery. She also enjoys preparing and eating delicious food with her friends. You can read about her adventures on her social media streams.

Breaking The Vicious Circle: How To Stay Fit When Your Health Gets In The Way

Staying fit is important to all of us to a greater or lesser extent. While not everyone goes to the gym or goes running, we all want to be healthy. And while many of us look at a big greasy burger the way a cat looks at a mouse, we know we can’t overindulge. Although obesity statistics are on the up, so is awareness. Note also that the way we record obesity has changed. Here’s how to stay fit when your health gets in the way.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

3 Stress Busting Training Tips

Training for a big event, or even for endurance can take its toll on the body. Over training can be dangerous and detrimental to your progress. It’s important to keep a good balance between training hard and downtime, but it can be hard to switch off. Here are three great stress busting training tips to help you work towards on your goals while relieving some tension.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Long Term Sick Leave Can Be Hard, Here’s How To Get By

There are many reasons why you might find yourself off work for an extended period. You may have suffered a physical injury that has left you unable to perform to your full capacity. Or, you might be dealing with an emotional problem that has left you unable to cope with the daily stress of work life. In either case, time off work can be difficult. You’ll feel the weight on your finances certainly, and the social detachment can be traumatic. Here’s how to cope with long term sick leave and ensure that you don’t make the situation worse.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post : How Stress Affects Our Body and How to Reduce It

“Stress is not a state of mind… It’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch”, says a neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky in Stress: Portrait of a Killer – a documentary produced by Stanford University and National Geographic eight years ago. Little has changed since – stress is still known as a silent killer since it is linked to the six leading causes of death.

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Nicole Noël is a travel addict and a passionate writer. She always seeks new adventures, and she loves to share her experiences. She’s architecture and interior design enthusiast. In her spare time, she loves to design furniture, clothes, and jewellery. She also enjoys preparing and eating delicious food with her friends. You can read about her adventures on her social media streams.

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