lack of good sleepGood sleep is fundamental to good health. Good sleep helps you think , look, function, and perform  better.

Proper sleep is as essential as the balanced diet and healthy exercise. It helps you reduce fatigue and irritability. Good sleep enhances capacity to react faster and increase concentration ability.

For an adult seven to nine hours of sleep is needed. However, the choice of round-the-clock activity has become overwhelming. As a result millions across the world face acute lack of sleep.

According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), sleep problems add up to a global epidemic that affects 45 percent of the world’s population. The statistic and demographic clearinghouse, “Statistic Brain,” verifies this staggering statistic and asserts that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep apnea or narcolepsy (a brain’s inability to regulate sleep/wake cycles normally).

Several researches have established that lack of good sleep contribute to obesity, depression, a weakened immune system and high blood pressure, as well as dozens of other health risks. Even fat cells need sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Lack of good sleep has a harmful impact on fat cells, reducing their ability to respond to insulin, a hormone that regulates energy, by 30 percent.

“Body fat, known as adipose tissue, ensures storage and release of energy. In storage mode, fat cells remove fatty acids and lipids from the circulation where they can damage other tissues. When fat cells cannot respond effectively to insulin, these lipids leach out into the circulation, leading to serious complications,” noted author Matthew Brady, PhD, associate professor of medicine and vice-chair of the Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition at the University of Chicago, in an October post on the National Sleep Foundation’s website.

Not only does this function affect obesity by regulating the hormones that trigger appetite, but the body cannot process sugar properly, thus potentially leading to diabetes.

Good sleep improves the recovery of immune system development by producing more of the growth hormones, which stimulates tissue growth and muscle repair. Good sleep also lowers the risk of heart disease by keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels down through sufficient restful sleep.

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