Some people do not have time for enough sleep while others go to bed early without being able to fall asleep. But in truth, both of these examples are harmful. When you deny yourself sleep (or sleep leaves you), it is, believe us, is not good for your body. Yes, you work for a long time, but much less efficiently and at lower speeds. And you can not even adequately assess the quality of your work because of fatigue.
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In fact, we all lose sleep sooner or later. According to medical criteria, insomnia begins when a person does not sleep three nights a week. As a result, the whole body suffers, and virtually all spheres of life are affected. Scroll down to find out how the lack of sleep affects sex life, weight and intelligence.
It is known that during sleep the brain works much more intensively than when it is awake. There is a direct causal relationship between the content of amyloid in the brain tissues and the development of insomnia. Amyloid is a protein that forms plaques that form a cognitive defect and an increasing dementia in Alzheimer's disease. The worse the sleep, the higher the concentration of amyloid in the brain tissue.
During sleep, a vital process occurs: the body removes excess amyloid from the brain. People at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease are more likely to complain about sleep problems, daytime sleepiness, nighttime awakening than those who do not have the risk of developing this disease.
Sleep affects the metabolism. One of the consequences of this process is a violation of glucose metabolism and, as a consequence, excess weight. Only one night without sleep can reduce insulin sensitivity by 30% percent. Limiting the sleep time to five hours per night even for several days also causes disturbances in glucose metabolism.
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The risk of diabetes increases if the person sleeps less than seven hours during the night. Therefore, sleepy people often want something sweet: because of a reduced sensitivity to insulin, glucose does not enter the cells, and the body feels exhausted. The correction of the consequences will require at least a week of healthy sleep.
#3 Sex Life
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan, USA, have proven that lack of sleep is the most important factor that has a negative impact on women's desire to have sex. During sleep, the production of hormones responsible for sexuality increases. Only one additional hour of sleep by 14% increases the likelihood that a woman will want to have sex the next day.
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In men, this sphere of life suffers even more because of chronic lack of sleep: the level of testosterone and, consequently, the libido decreases. Testosterone not only stimulates the male reproductive system. The hormone increases the synthesis of protein in muscles, kidneys and liver, affects the density of bone tissue. Thus, underdevelopment of the musculoskeletal system, decreased libido and degradation of the functions of the reproductive system may be a consequence of banal insufficiency of sleep.
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