Everybody is known to the fact that less sleep makes you groggy and irritated the next morning. In fact, we’ve all had such moments every once in a while, haven’t we?
Not only do such mornings make us unproductive, it also distracts us from focusing, for that matter.
But according to a research done by a sleep expert, inadequate sleep not only causes the abovementioned but is also responsible for increased risk of heart attack, cancer, dementia and even infertility!
Pretty sure, no amount of caffeine is going to solve that now!
In a video shot for Business Insider, Mathew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the UC Berkeley, pointed out the amount of harmless sleep can do to one.
Walker went on to the extent of calling the situation of being awake as ‘essentially low level of brain damage’. He couldn’t stop stressing enough how an eight-hour sleep is a necessity.
“We certainly know that a lack of sleep will actually prevent your brain from being able to initially make new memories,” Walker said.
“It’s almost as though without sleep the memory inbox of the brain shuts down and you can’t commit new experiences to the memory.”
“So those new incoming informational emails are just bounced, and you end up feeling as though you’re amnesiac. You can’t essentially make and create those new memories,” Walker added further.
The toxic protein in the brain called beta-amyloid shows an increased development when one doesn’t sleep enough. The toxic protein is in fact related to the Alzheimer’s disease.
When in the deep sleep, this toxic protein is washed away which is quite essential in the long run.
“If you're not getting enough sleep each and every night, more of that Alzheimer's-related protein will build up," Walker said.
"The more protein that builds up, the greater your risk of going on to develop dementia in later life."
What was shocking was the effect of no sleep on the reproduction system. Walker makes known that men who have a sleeping pattern of less than five to six hours a night on a daily basis have a testosterone level of a man 10 years older. Now we all can understand how that will affect your sex life!
Cancer-fighting immunity cells that float in one’s body also decrease drastically because of less sleep.
"That's the reason that we know that short sleep duration predicts your risk for developing numerous forms of cancer," Walker said.
"That list currently includes cancer of the bowel, cancer of the prostate, as well as cancer of the breast."
The direct relation between inadequate sleep and cancer has now become a matter of concern, so much so that even the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies night shifts as a cause of the malady. So long that sassy bar job!
People who sleep for six hours or lesser than that, face a threat of heart attack almost 200% more than an average person. This is because of the increased blood pressure.
Walker stresses that losing sleep for even an hour less can be critical for the heart attack rate increases straight by a quarter. An eight-hour sleep to avoid brain-wreck is a must, he says.
"Once you get past 16 hours of being awake, that's when we start to see the mental deterioration and physiological deterioration in the body," he concluded.
"We know that after you've been awake for 19 or 20 hours, your mental capacity is so impaired that you would be as deficient as someone who was legally drunk behind the wheel of a car.
"We need about eight hours of sleep to repair the damage of wakefulness. Wakefulness essentially is low-level brain damage."
So if you're finding yourself reading this while burning the midnight oil, then you might want to turn off your phone or laptop and catch up on a wink!
Information source: ladbible
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