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Catastrophic Consequences of Chronic Sleep Deprivation

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  • About 1 in 3 Americans gets less than seven hours of sleep a night, and more than 83 million adults in the U.S. are sleep-deprived
  • Some of your “enemies of sleep” may include alcohol and caffeine, anxiety and depression, artificial lighting, long work hours, loneliness and overcommitment
  • Consistent lack of high-quality sleep wreaks havoc on your body’s two hunger-regulating hormones: ghrelin, also known as your “hunger hormone,” and leptin, referred to as your “obesity hormone”
  • Lack of sleep significantly raises your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, mainly because amyloid-beta deposits that would normally be cleaned out of your brain nightly during deep sleep accumulate and kill off surrounding cells
  • Poor sleep makes you two to three times more likely to develop a chronic pain condition. It also puts you at risk for other health problems such as higher cortisol levels, increased inflammation and reduced immune function

By Dr. Mercola

About 1 in 3 Americans gets less than seven hours of sleep a night and more than 83 million adults in the U.S. are sleep-deprived. If you work long hours, have a sleep disorder or spend a lot of time in front of electronic screens, you may be sleeping five or fewer hours per night. Such little sleep can trigger a wide range of health issues, such as chronic disease, increased risk of accidents, reduced sex drive and weight gain.


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