Are you sleeping too much or too less during nights? Research concluded in recent past has revealed that inflammation could play a key role in your health condition in such a situation.

Long and short duration sleep has been reported to have an increased risk for several disorders and health problems including coronary heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and death in many of the previously concluded researches and studies. Inflammation regulating cytokines elevations have been found to have direct linkage with enhanced risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

In this study where 614 participants reported their sleep habits after spending a night in sleep lab the mean self-reported sleep duration was calculated to be only 7.6 hours. The sleep lab reported sleep duration was only 6.2 hours on the contrary.

This sleep study also revealed that both the inflammation-regulating cytokines (C-reactive protein and interleukin-6) witnessed 7-8 % increase in their levels. There was an increase of 8% in tumor necrosis factor after each hour of verified sleep reduction.

The study also revealed that those who slept for longer hours were younger in age. Short sleep duration on the other side was found to be associated with an increased prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

According to the researchers, “the most surprising finding was that we found different relationships based on how sleep was measured”. Varying patterns of cytokine levels associations clearly indicate that stress may also cause direct impact on cytokine levels in humans.

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