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Jet Lag, Late Nights, and Naps Disrupt Gene Function

Jet Lag

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  • People with disrupted sleep cycles had decreased gene expression, with up to one-third of their genes impacted
  • Past research has shown that insufficient sleep alters gene expression, affecting genes involved in immune and stress responses, regulation of gene expression, and more
  • Sleep disruptions are linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic health conditions
  • This raises serious concerns for those working the night shift, frequent travelers (jet lag), college students, regular daytime nappers, and night owls
  • As much as possible, minimize daytime sleeping and sleep at night in a pitch-black bedroom, as exposure to light squelches the production of melatonin

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is designed to sleep in the evening when the sun goes down, and increasing research is confirming that if you disrupt this biological cycle your health will indeed suffer.


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