Study: Sleep Loss on Physical and Mental Wellbeing

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Those of us who thought burning the candle at both ends temporarily didn’t or doesn’t hurt, better listen up.

A recent study, published in Annals of Behavioural Medicine, looked at the consequence of found that sleeping fewer than six hours for eight consecutive nights, can lead to an impairment in both emotional wellbeing as well as functionality for daily tasks such as hygiene or climbing stairs

In fact, when people go without adequate rest their symptoms become more noticeable after three days versus those who get enough ZZZZ’s each week.

The effects of sleep loss on our mental and physical health are severe, so if you’re suffering from any type of discomfort don’t hesitate to get yourself horizontal.

Study: Even the Dimmest Light while Sleeping can Raise Blood Sugar and Heart Rate 

As if we need anything else to impact our quality and quantity of sleep, a recent Northwestern University in the US, study found that even while we’re sleeping, a dim light can impair our cardiometabolic function.

Night lights, TV’s and electronic devices that emit a low light while we’re sleeping, increases night-time heart rate and the light-induced changes may play a role in insulin sensitivity.

When Cardiometabolic functions were impaired by sleeping in the dimmest lights possible for one night, participants’ heart rates increased, and they became less responsive during morning exams compared with those who slept without any exposure at all – showing how seriously we should be taking our sleep!

Researchers concluded that the brain knows lights are on, even when our eyes are closed.  With dim light activating the sympathetic nervous system and disturbing circadian rhythms.

This article provides general information only, and does not constitute health or medical advice. If you have any concerns regarding your health, seek immediate medical attention.