What happens if you don’t get enough SLEEP?

The High Price of Not Enough Sleep

Dr. David Johnson from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia discusses research that shows sleep deprivation accelerates tumor genesis and cancer. Thus clearly pointing to the need for enough sleep for the body to generate cancer-fighting cells. He further summarizes research on sleep deprivation that is getting less than 6 hours of sleep.

The impact on one’s health includes:

  • risk of stroke increases by a factor of 4;
  • obesity is increased by an increase in ghrelin, which is a hunger hormone; Diabetes is increased because sleep deprivation increases insulin resistance; memory loss is accelerated;
  • osteoporosis is increased;
  • cardiac disease is increased – there is a 48% increase in early cardiac death, as well as increased cardiac-related mortality;
  • a 4-fold increase in mortality.

In addition there is an increased risk for colon cancer and an increase in the likelihood of precancerous (adenomatous) polyps.

Extract from: Fractured Sleep Exacts a Heavy Toll.  Medscape. Feb 19, 2014.

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