Lack of sleep can be a cause of heart disease, growing and may even change the way our DNA is handled, experts warn.
Medicine professor Dr. Paul Gringrays conducted a study of what happened to our body after a lack of sleep and found that high blood pressure and cholesterol were among the potential consequences.
– People who sleep less than six hours a night are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, have higher blood pressure and cholesterol Dr. Gringrace says he adds that sleep deprivation also has a number of other serious health problems.
– If you don't sleep well enough, your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure are 60 percent higher. It is also believed that we have more inflammatory cytokine proteins in the body when we sleep, which has a bad effect on the entire immune system he points out.
This expert discovered during his research that sleep deprivation, ie chronic insomnia also affects DNA.
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– Each cell in the body contains the same DNA, our genetic code. People think this is that nothing can be affected by genes. But our DNA and how our body knows what to do with it are actually subject to change due to external factors – what we eat, whether we smoke, how stressed we are, how much we sleep. Although lack of sleep cannot change our DNA code, it does affect the signals that control the functioning of our genes and this can have negative effects on our daily lives explains Dr. Gringrace.
He points out that just one night of insomnia can alter the signals in DNA that cause muscle growth and loss, and can even affect how memory is stored in the hippocampus, part of the brain.
Dr Gringrays points out that fatigue without fatigue can make people more impulsive and risky because they cannot reason well.
He added that daytime exercise can help you sleep better and better – studies show that 85 percent of people sleep better after a day's workout.
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