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Studies Show Serious Health Dangers In Not Getting A Sufficient Amount Of Sleep

Persistent insomnia has been shown by studies to potentially lead to many health-related problems. And it’s worse than initially thought. Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, memory problems, inability to perform, depression, and increased cancer risk, and even Alzheimer’s disease, according to Yahoo News.

University of Copenhagen researchers claim that people who sleep poorly are more likely to binge-drink, smoke heavily, and become physically inactive. The researchers followed a group of people for four years and watched their lifestyle choices. And inadequate sleep is supposed to make it more difficult to cut down on smoking or drink healthier beverages, thereby leading to more health problems. Poor sleep is also related to obesity. Alice Jessie Clark from the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, stated the following, according to Metro.

“This study shows that sleep affects our ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and when sleep deteriorates we are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle changes… Better knowledge of the importance of sleep, not just for biological restitution, but also for making healthy lifestyle decisions, may help people make informed decisions about prioritizing how to spend the night — catching up on work emails, surfing social media or going to bed and ensuring a good night’s sleep.”

A link has even been found between sleep deprivation and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study found out that not getting enough sleep allows neurotoxins to build up in your brain, especially one protein, beta-amyloid, that can further worsen sleep and is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew Walker, senior author of a recent study that looked at how poor sleep leads to a buildup of beta-amyloid in humans, stated the following, according to Yahoo News.

“Sleep is helping wash away toxic proteins at night, preventing them from building up and from potentially destroying brain cells. It’s providing a power cleanse for the brain.”

In the newly published study, researchers looked at 26 healthy adults’ performances on memory tests when they were alert and then had those adults perform the same tests after a night of sleep. EEG monitors measured their brain. Heavy deposits of the toxic protein beta-amyloid are linked to poor sleep and may be paving the way for Alzheimer’s disease activity. Adults who slept poorly performed poorly on memory tests. Brain imaging tests showed that those adults who slept poorly had the highest beta-amyloid levels in their brains too. But the study is nothing to lose sleep over as it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep. And there are ways to help get a good night’s sleep, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, and other medical treatments.

Another study about heart attack risks shows that the risk can be reduced with the consumption of chocolate, doctors say, according to an article in the Inquisitr.

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