Study shows that poor sleeping habits can make you unhealthy

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Poor sleeping habits can making make people ill as it is that one activity which has the power to re-energize human body like anything. A good night’s sleep makes the muscles, tendons, the heart and every other part of the body rest and gain energy for the next day.

Sleeping reenergises the body and revitalises all the functions of the body. It also keeps us healthy, hence it is advised to sleep for atleast 7 hours at night.

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But there are certain things because of which people don’t sleep enough during the night time. The reasons being watching TV, reading a book, surfing on the internet or suffering from disorders like insomnia or depression.

A study conducted by a renowned University in USA has shown that lack of sleep is very dangerous to human body in various ways and here is what the study and its results spell out for us.

1 Sleep

Sleeping is a repeated and naturally occurring state of mind that inhibits sensory activity, voluntary muscles and reduced knowledge of surroundings.

There are two types of sleep, the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non REM sleep. In REM sleep, the person may view vivid dreams and most of the limbs, muscles are paralyzed and heart rate, breathing and temperature of body are unregulated.

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In Non REM sleep, the person falls into deep sleep in stages starting from light sleep, total sleep and then finally deep sleep in which person goes into a total hibernation like stage with no response to external surroundings.

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2 The study

University of California and its team of researchers, along with researchers from University of San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, worked together on an extensive study to use objective sleeping measures which could connect people’s natural sleeping habits to the risk of them getting sick.

164 volunteer men and women from ages of 18-55 were administered rhinovirus, which is a common cause of common cold. A week prior to the experiment, researchers had collected data measuring the participant’s normal sleep routines via a watch type sensor, measuring quality of sleep through the night.

The researchers then isolated the volunteers who were suffering from cold in a hotel for the next seven continuous days and continued administering the cold causing virus via nasal drops and continuously collected and analysed the mucus samples from them to see if the virus has started its effect.

 The study

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3 Results of the study

After seven days, the researchers analysed the data and got astounding results.

The results found that volunteers who had slept for less than 6 hours a night during the week were 4.2 times more vulnerable to catch the cold as compared to the volunteers who had slept for more than 7 hours a night.

Participants who slept for less than 5 hours during the night were 4.5 times more likely to get sick form the virus.

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Results of the study

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The researchers noted that the study was another evidence that sleep, like diet and exercising is crucial for leading a healthy life and people’s attitude and concern towards sleep should change.

“Sleep often takes a back seat to other health behaviors in terms of attention and investment, this shouldn’t be the case.” said lead study author Aric Prather of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry.

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4 Other ill effects of lack of sleep

As revealed by the results of the study above, lack of sleep is very harmful to our health. Apart from that, there are many more ill effects of lack of sleep as listed below:

Other ill effects of lack of sleep

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  • Lack of sleep may make you less intelligent.
  • Sleep deprivation can cause health diseases such as heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and even diabetes
  • Lack of sleep is also harmful for your healthy sex life as it kills any sex drive you have.
  • Lack of sleep also increases the chances of depression.
  • You age before time if you don’t sleep properly.

So now you know, that lack of sleep and poor sleeping habits can have an adverse effect on you health. Try changing your routine and get adequate amount of sleep to be leading a healthy life.

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