We’re all too familiar with starting the day after a restless night with a cup of coffee, but just how bad is insomnia for your health?
A Japanese study conducted on non-diabetic workers aged 35–55 with no family history of diabetes, showed that poor sleep was associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes. Of the participants who had less than five hours sleep, 3.5% more developed diabetes compared with those who had more than seven hours of sleep.
Sleep is a component of the body’s allostatic load (this refers to the body’s ability to achieve stability through change, to recuperate and restore itself). When this form of balance is disturbed, it may result in the body being unable to deactivate or activate the stress response appropriately, or even recognise that a response is required. Women struggling with fibromyalgia experienced more fatigue, worse mood and delayed recovery after inadequate sleep.
Insomnia can further damage quality of life by escalating inflammation, which in turn increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, mental disorders, as well as an increased absence from work and subsequent medical costs.
If your sleep patterns are impacting your performance, it’s possible to catch up the sleep you lost. However, more than one recovery night is needed. A recent study suggests that eight hours of recovery sleep is insufficient, but when extended to 10 hours, white blood cell count improves and alertness is restored. However, multiple nights of recovery sleep are required when sleep deprivation is chronic. A 30-minute lie-down prior to the recovery sleep resulted in additional recovery.
So, sufficient sleep, both in quantity and quality, is essential for proper functioning.
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