We all sometimes wish for a day to be a little longer, so we stay awake in order to do all the things that we want. There are some things that you should be aware of before you decide not to sleep all night or deprive yourself of sleep in any way. Our body needs rest and if it doesn't get it, it will react in an unpleasant way. The usual health issues that are induced by lack of sleep are corpulence, diabetes, and problems with cardiovascular system.
Consequences of insufficient sleep
Many of us tend not to sleep when there is not enough time to do something. In those cases, we seem to neglect our primary needs and think of sleeping as of a waste of time. However, what we seem to forget is a price that we have to pay for that. Some of the consequences of not sleeping enough are hard to notice during a short period of time. Health problems that we have mentioned above can be induced by various reasons and one of those reasons is certainly the lack of sleep. Studies about the correlation between adequate sleep and health are relatively new, because earlier, inadequate sleep was not recognized as a problem. Today experts say that sleep is very important for maintaining health; actually, it is at the same level of importance as nutrition and exercise.
What are the risks?
It is very hard to determine what the risks of poor sleep are, because the conditions that are induced by it are developing slowly and also can be induced for other reasons. However, scientists are sure that sleeping for less than eight hours during night can raise chances for developing health problems. Studies that were performed showed how two to three hours of sleep daily could endanger your health. Other studies showed that individuals who slept for less than 6 hours daily during some longer period of time had problems with weight. They were overweight or had too much body fat. On the other hand, those who slept enough had no such problems. Also, scientists proved that the babies who sleep less are at greater risk of developing obesity during their childhood than the babies who sleep enough.
Studies that investigated development of diabetes showed that those individuals who sleep less than five hours are more likely to develop this disease than those who sleep eight hours per night. There are numerous studies that showed connection between the sleep deprivation and high blood pressure. Insufficient sleep can also affect your immune system and make you more prone to different infections.