Sleep Loss is Associated with Increased Risk of High Blood Pressure

According to a recent study sleep deprivation can change your genes. The researchers found that just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours a night results in changes to more than 700 genes. That's alarming news, considering that two in five Americans do not get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep, though sleep loss may result in serious health risks (high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer), eating and mental disorders.

After one night you...

you loose brain tissues, increased risk of high blood pressure; source:

want to have bigger portions, prefer high-calory, high-carb, unhealthy foods,

are more likely to have an accident,

are more likely to catch cold,

are more likely to get emotional,

are less focused and having memory problems.

After several nights...

heart disease risk increases,
Poor sleep has been associated with hight blood pressure, cholesterol-clogged arteries, heart failure, heart attack and obesity. but sometimes heart disease is a cause of poor sleep. For example, people with heart failure often gets up at night with trouble breathing. Bouts of atrial fibrillation or palpitations can also disturb sleep.

stroke risk quadruples,

risk of breast cancer may increase,
Lack of sleep is linked to more aggressive breast cancer, according to the latest findings published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment by physician-scientists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

diabetes risk goes up,
Sleep loss is linked to decreased insulin sensitivity, which is a diabetes risk factor.

sperm count decreases,
A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology of nearly 1000 of young men in Denmark found that those with chronic sleep disturbances has a 29 percent lower concentration of sperm.

risk of death goes up.
Individuals who sleep less than six hours has a significant increase in mortality risk, even after adjusting for diabetes, elevated blood pressure and other factors.

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