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Support Forum Topic: Lack of sleep
Started by: Kellie (My Health Software Support)
Date: August 18, 2009


A lot of studies have emerged this year that show the negative affect that lack of sleep has on your health. I have been surprised by the amount of evidence that shows the simple and enjoyable Smiley task of getting sleep can improve your health! In case you missed some of the studies here is a snap shot of the ’sleep studies’ from the last few months.

Study shows that 2 weeks of sleep deprivation impacts blood glucose levels. Includes a quick video with sleep tips.

Men with sleep disorders are more likely to have an irregular heartbeat.

Being tired and lacking sleep will increase your blood pressure. Also has a video for getting quality sleep each night.

Poor sleep can lead to overeating, obesity and type 2 diabetes!

I love my sleep, but know it doesn’t come easy to some. I do recall that when Steve’s blood pressure was extremely high and he ended in hospital he was sleeping only 5-6 hours a night. I hope these studies give you a reason to get an early night tonight. Thanks! Kellie


9 Responses to “Lack of sleep”

  1. kim robin says:

    Great articles Kellie. I sleep 7-8 hours a day from 11pn to 7am. Lack of sleep is bad for our health and I guess over sleep has also a bad effect to our health. What can you say about this Kellie?

  2. Kellie says:

    Hi Kim,

    Too much sleep? Hmm, I have not read about studies where people had too much sleep. In fact no one I talk to complains of too much sleep, and that is the problem I guess!

    Lack of sleep is part of the busy Western lifestyle we are increasingly leading. Too busy to sleep, cook healthy food, exercise, rest and relax. Lack of sleep seems to be emerging as a risk factor for many health problems and I’m sure I’ll come across more studies in the future.

    I hope everyone had a early night last night! Smiley Kellie

  3. kim robin says:

    I don’t no if it is true but I came to an article that says too much sleep can actually weaken your immune system leading to lowered resistance to colds, flu, or worse.

  4. Kellie says:

    Hi all,

    A new study shows severe sleep breathing disorders are linked with an increased risk of dying early by 46%! Just another study linking lack of sleep to poor health.

    This study was interesting as it focused on sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a bit like high blood pressure in that you may not know if you have it! I found a great video by the American Sleep Apnea Association which explains what sleep apnea is and tells a compelling story as a man shares how it affected his energy levels, mood, job and relationships.

    If you snore, have trouble sleeping or think you may have sleep breathing disorders this video may be helpful.

    Thanks! Kellie

  5. smiveTicailia says:

    yup, lack of sleep can suppress your immune system making you more susceptible to colds and flues

    this is ironic since Im posting….at 2 a.m

  6. Kellie says:

    Oh no, posting at 2am! That can’t be good for you. I hope you are able to work on getting a better sleep tonight, but I know it doesn’t come easy for many. Staying away from the computer may be a start though. Smiley

    I am pretty lucky with sleep and drift off into a coma like state each night. For me it’s the staying away past 9pm that is a problem.

  7. fatboy says:

    I like, and nearly always get, 8 hours of sleep…but I won’t gripe if I get 10.

  8. Kellie says:

    Hi fatboy,

    I agree! I am a 8 hour a night sleep person too. If I get 10 hours in a night that is a bonus. Smiley

    If I get less than 7 hours I usually feel ‘foggy’ in my mind and pretty terrible. I am an early riser as I have young children, so for me getting to bed early at night is a must.

    Have a great weekend! Kellie

  9. BellaVega says:

    I usually get 8 hours of sleep but my problem is staying asleep. I tend to wake up throughout the night but then quickly go back to sleep. I guess my problem is getting a “good” nights sleep. I’ve tried sleeping pills which don’t seem to work so well. Right now I’m trying to avoid caffeine late in the afternoon and evening to see if that helps. -Bella Vega, Personal health insurance Advisor

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