Sleep Deprivation, either acute or chronic, is a condition of simply not having enough sleep. This can kill a person painfully and slowly since it negatively affects the cognitive function of the brain. What’s even worse is that life is at risk to develop fatal diseases when a person sleeps for less than six hours.
The following are the fatal diseases linked to sleep deprivation:
CANCER OF THE PROSTATE GLAND
There is a hormone called Melatonin that is released by the body believed to suppress growth tumor. Since the body’s melatonin levels are increased during sleep, the level of this hormone is significantly reduced if one is deprived of sleep. In a research study conducted in 2013, this reduction of melatonin level leads to raised cases of prostate cancer occurrence and intensity. With this, it is discovered that the risk of sleep-deprived participants to the cancer of the prostate gland has elevated to 60% which gives sleep-deprived men a heads-up on this situation.
In 2013, researchers have found that the brains of sleep-deprived adults consist much more ‘brain waste’ than normal. Damage in the brain produced was due to the accumulation of this waste which leads to Alzheimer’s disease. With this, not only does Alzheimer’s disease progresses rapidly due to sleep deprivation but it also causes the disease.
‘T-cells’ are immune cells that keep our body’s immune system being overpowered by viruses. The production of these cells are active during sleep that is why if one is deprived of sleep, the body’s immune system is affected and one feels weak and stressed out. The University of Texas Sleep Center director, Dr. Diwalar Balachandran said that according to a lot of studies sleep derivation could potentially impact a big risk in cold or flue development since T-cells have shown to go down if people are sleep deprived.
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR
Cortisol, a hormone that mediates in various metabolic processes such as gluconeogenesis(production of glucose) has decreased in production when the body sleeps or at rest. Thus, cortisol level is elevated if a person doesn’t get enough sleep and blood-glucose levels are so high. That’s why glucose tolerance is mainly affected by sleep.
When a person is always sleep-deprived, the body’s blood pressure will be constantly high and this imposes a great risk in having a cardiovascular disease. An adult over the age of 45 is twice more likely to have a heart attack or stroke if one sleeps 6 hours per night.
Ulcerative colitis is a non-specific inflammatory disease of the colon with an unknown cause marked by diarrhea with discharge of blood and mucus, inflammation and edema of the mucous membrane with patches of ulceration and causes cramping abdominal pain. In a research study in 2014, a discovery by the researchers was that there is a connection between ulcerative colitis and sleep deprivation since the body becomes ineffective in fighting off digestive inflammation if you sleep for less than 6 hours.
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