Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Sleep is certainly an enjoyable and relaxing activity. It is also one of the most important activities for both our mental and physical health. Closing our eyes for at least a few hours every night allows our body to reboot and recharge after a long and strenuous day. The body and all-important brain undergoes several important processes during sleep that are critical to human function.
It makes sense, then, that sleep deprivation can cause serious problems. In many ways, we can feel the problems shortly after waking up. We can’t concentrate, and are extremely slow in getting our day started. When this happens on a daily basis, both our short- and long-term health can suffer serious consequences.
Years of scientific research have been conducted that demonstrates what goes on when we don’t make sleep a priority – or, to be fair, when one can’t sleep due to medical reasons. This research shows that sleep deprivation can cause a number of serious, and potentially life-threatening, health problems.
Here, we discuss five dangerous conditions or diseases that can surface as a result of not getting enough sleep. We’ll follow up this material with five ways in which we can all improve both the quality and quantity of our shuteye, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation!