Since you’ve read our previous blogs, you already know that your sleep can be affected by the foods you eat, when you work out and the electronics you use. But how about some information about what your sleep can affect?
We all know how great we feel when we wake up after a restful night’s sleep. And more of us can identify the feeling of waking up on the wrong side of the bed. We reach for an extra cup of coffee, close our office door, and hope the irritability passes. Many of us just think we can make up those few missed hours over the weekend and will be good as new. Unfortunately, even a short span of sleep deprivation can have some major effects on our health.
Poor sleep can have both short and long term effects on our health. In general, poor sleep can be associated with increased rates of cardiovascular disease. This is because it changes the way the body rids itself of cholesterol which can increase the risk of developing heart disease. One study “established that the genes that participate in the regulation of cholesterol transport are less active in persons suffering from sleep loss than with those getting sufficient sleep.” People who get sufficient sleep on a regular basis have, on average, a 10 percent higher level of HDL – the good cholesterol.
Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health issues such as diabetes and obesity. Studies show that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night on a regular basis are more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) than people who sleep an average of 8 hours each night. This is because too little sleep upsets the balance of hormones that help control appetite, energy metabolism and glucose processing.
Diabetes is another increased medical issue caused by poor sleep. Insulin secretion is increased with poor sleep. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose processing and promotes fat storage. Weight gain is associated with higher levels of insulin. Adults who sleep less than 5 hours per night have a greatly increased risk of having or developing diabetes.
So what does all this mean for you? Get more sleep! Not just more sleep, but better sleep. And the best way to do that is to sleep on a Luma Mattress! Check out the new product line and find the best firmness level for you with our Firmness Checklist.