Over a prolonged period of time, sleep deprivation becomes chronic which may lead to serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even early death. Although, those staying up late night - watching TV, staying out merry making or staying busy with computers are actually the most unfortunate vulnerable ones, yet they generate Economic Activity for Medical Physicians, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, and the Health Industry keeps booming. No matter what, out of naivety such people end up in "Saleep-istan" (Shahre khamoshan) on a much faster track, where the loved ones are already sleeping permamnantly.
Research shows: While sleeping, body of the living being produces extra protein molecules to provide safety against infection. These molecules empower the immune system to maintain cellular level against pollutants and infectious bacteria. Sound sleep eases the constant pressure on cardiovascular system by eliminating or minimizing levels of stress and inflammation in the body. With adequate sleep, blood pressure and cholesterol levels stay under control.
High blood pressure can be life threatening and can produce wear and tear of the body leading to degenerate cells and speed up the aging process. Furthermore, adequate sleep slows the bad effects and encourages a state of relaxation and allows the brain to better process new experiences and knowledge. Thus, it helps to improve understanding and enhance retention. It helps regulate the hormones that affect and control appetite.
On the contrary, when body is deprived of sleep, the normal hormone balances are interrupted and the appetite increases. In fact, increase in appetite doesn't lead to a craving for fruits and veggies, but foods high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates are usually consumed.
Therefore, people with ‘sleep apnea’ and ‘disrupted breathing’ during sleep are more than twice as likely to develop mild thinking problems or Dementia compared to problem-free sleepers.
And daytime-sleep may dwindle memory and thinking skills, known as cognitive decline that particularly happens with older people.
Also, inadequate sleep leads to problems of judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information.
Proper sleep at night is vital for the longevity of life with better quality.
Most adults need seven to eight hours a night but it varies from person to person. Some people may need 5 hours per night whereas others may need up to nine or ten hours of sleep for proper functioning.
During sleep, it’s a stress free environment which is absolutely vital for improving memory, control body weight issues, giving increased energy & productivity, improving heart & immune system health, giving a pleasant mood, and a longer life - of course.