Health Consequences of Not Getting Enough Sleep
Maybe you’re working two jobs to pay the bills, or maybe you’re a high-powered executive with a Fortune 500 company — in this day and age, more and more people are glorifying sacrificing sleep in order to get a little bit ahead in life.
Lack of sleep can lead to numerous health problems and diseases that can affect your daily life and even drive you to an early death. It’s a harsh statement, but it’s the truth. It’s amazing how the healthcare industry often fails us when it comes to properly informing the public about the extreme consequences of sleep deprivation.
Lack of Sleep is Linked to Obesity and Diabetes
During sleep, our bodies produce certain hormones that provide appetite control. Those of us who sleep less than 6 hours nightly are far more likely to have a higher BMI (body mass index) than those of us who get 8 hours of shut-eye nightly. Too little sleep? Lack of sleep upsets hormone balance and also drives up insulin secretion after meals. High levels of insulin equals weight gain and also increases risk for diabetes.
Lack of Sleep Affects Performance
When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not firing on all cylinders, which can affect your work, but it can also affect your driving skills. Sleepy drivers are common causes of automobile accidents, which can land you at your local chiropractor’s office or far worse.
Lack of Sleep and Alzheimer’s
Continuous sleep deprivation has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. We’re just now starting to learn how huge a role a good night’s sleep plays in clearing out beta-amyloid from your brain that you accumulate throughout the day. Beta-amyloid is a metabolic waste product that is found in fluid between neurons, and a build-up of such impairs brain function and increases risk of Alzheimer’s.
At Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. we believe in educating our patients about the ways that they can set themselves up for healthy lives. We provide chiropractic care services, weight loss counseling, health and wellness services, and more. Call 303-229-5374 to schedule your initial consultation today.