Lame sleep – lame health?

Sleep is still an underestimated part of the prophylaxis of many diseases – despite the fact that its “use” does not require much financial effort or implementing any complicated procedures and technologies. Scientists keep on revealing new consequences of sleep deficit or bad-quality sleep. Who should care about the length and quality of sleep?

Sleep is often treated as a waste of time which could be used in more constructive or pleasant way. Therefore, reducing time of night sleep in order to work, learn or relax more, e.g. partying or watching TV long hours, is observed. Whereas, there is a particular group of people who should invest in good sleep. Among others, those are people who want to improve their body aesthetics – properly long and good night rest helps to regulate the mechanisms responsible for feeling hunger and satiety, lowers the crave for low-quality snacks, influences motivation and engagement in a positive way. Also those who want to improve efficiency of their work should think about the improvement of the quality and length of sleep – lame sleep causes bad productivity, worsens the ability of concentration and thinking. Among all the benefits of good sleep, it's good to point out its influence on appearance of complexion. We often look for some effective anti-wrinkles cosmetics which would give the skin firmness and glamour. It is confirmed in research that people who permanently lack sleep look older, and as if they were tired and ill.

Sleep and the latest research results

The latest research results also point out an important dependency between the quality of sleep and the condition of circulatory system, as well as various ailments within this system. It occurs that permanent sleep deprivation increases the risk of heart attack (twice) and stroke (four times) – two of the most frequent death causes connected with poor condition of circulatory system. However, that's not all, neglecting sleep as an important part of recovery and sustaining health influences mood negatively and it may cause the occurrence of depressive incidents. Sleep deficit has been also connected with more frequent appearance of chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.

Summary

Sleep is an underestimated factor of human existence which has significant influence on health and decreases the risk of occurrence of many serious diseases and ailments. Problems with sleep are often a consequence of unhealthy lifestyle, wrongly balanced diet and excess exposure to stress factors. The reasons of problems with sleep may be often more prosaic – they are caused by the night exposure to the TV or computer screen, or pets which have different pattern of sleep and regeneration.