Getting a good nights sleep is so important to our overall health and prioritising it is vital.
Here is a summary of what can be affected when we are sleep deprived.
- Memory consolidation is impaired, - you wont store all the new memories you have made in a day.
- Increase your risk for dementia and Alzheimer's - Deep sleep helps clear out a toxin protein in the brain called Beta Amaloid, which has an impact on developing Alzheimer's disease.
- Reproductive system in men is affected - Levels of testosterone drop when we are sleep deprived.
- Your immune system is compromised - Not only will this affect your risk of getting sick, from everyday colds and flu, being sleep deprived means you are at a potential risk of developing cancer.
- Risk of stroke and heart attack increase - Sleep helps lower our blood pressure, and when we are sleep deprived our blood pressure can increase, which increases our risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Increased risk of depression and anxiety - deep sleep helps quieten down the sympathetic nervous system which our fight, flight or freeze system. When we are sleep deprived our Amygdala our emotional centre is 60% more reactive than when we have had the recommended 7-9 hours good quality sleep per night.
Increased risk of obesity - Sleep affects our hunger hormones when we are sleep deprived our body increases the hormone Ghrelin (our hunger hormone) and decreases the hormone Leptin ( our satiety hormone) meaning we eat more. Obesity can lead to further complications with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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Check out this great video on how sleep impacts your brain and body here
Owner/operator and Senior Physiotherapist of Hibiscus Neuro Rehab.