“Your future depends on your dreams… so go to sleep,” advised Mesut Barazany. What a powerful statement. Sleep is a foundation of good health, and good health helps you live out your dreams. Sleep and health are intertwined; there are thousands of professional studies that back this point. Today, however, we’re going to focus on one study that relays information about how you may be harming your future self by not getting enough sleep today.
According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it takes only one week of insufficient sleep for our genes to be altered. The specific genes with the most altered activity include stress, immunity, inflammation, and overall health. Wow, overall health. That’s a very broad category, but it impacts every aspect of our living and breathing lives.
Health Risks Of Losing Sleep
Disrupting The Circadian Clock
The body’s sleep cycle revolves around the circadian clock, a natural body clock that determines when you should be awake or asleep. When this is altered, the body’s stress levels rise, making your body want to sleep when you need to be awake.
Increased Anxiety, Depression, Cravings
The lack of sleep causes the brain’s anticipatory reactions to intensify, causing you to feel more anxious.
While the anticipatory receptors are heightened, the neurotransmitter activity is decreased, causing you to have fluctuating moods; a common side effect of low neurotransmitter activity is depression.
The increased craving for unhealthy food comes with a lack of sleep because the body’s hormones are unbalanced. A lack of sleep increases the ghrelin levels (making you hungrier,) and the leptin levels decrease. Leptin is the hormone responsible for telling your body it is full; with this horrible hormone combination, people gain weight as they continue to eat instead of sleep.
Stay tuned for our future post about even more ways your future may be affected when you choose to neglect healthful sleep patterns. Sleep and health are closely related. Do you have any related stories to share?