Can insomnia be linked to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression? Latest research has suggested that there actually might be a connection-¦. Studies have found a relationship between the quantity and quality of a person's sleep and many health problems. Apart from the insomnia symptoms that most people are aware of like stress, anxiety, depression and mental impairment, research is now showing correlations between poor and insufficient sleep and some serious diseases. For example, blood pressure usually falls during the sleep cycle, however, interrupted sleep can adversely affect this normal decline leading to hypertension and cardiovascular problems. Research also has shown that insufficient sleep impairs the body's ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes. One other very interesting fact was the correlation between sleep disorders and how it seems to alter metabolism. Doctors at the University of Chicago did some research and found that not getting enough sleep altered basic bodily functions such as regulating blood-sugar levels, and the production of various hormones. The study examined the effects of sleep deprivation on a group of 11 young men in their 20's. For one week the participants were allowed only 4 hours of sleep each night and were told to continue the normal routine of their lives. After one week of 4 hours sleep a night, the participants' metabolic levels and their ability to process carbohydrates were the same as those of a 65 year old man. The young men took 40% longer than normal to regulate their blood sugar levels following a high-carbohydrate meal. Their ability to secrete insulin and to respond to insulin both decreased by about 30%. A similar decrease in acute insulin response can be an early indicator of the onset of diabetes. I found these facts quite interesting, although you have to remember the study was only done on a very few amount of people. Nevertheless, it still makes you wonder-¦.. Although most of the attention concerning the obesity and weight gain epidemic has focused on diet and exercise, emerging research suggests that we may have underestimated another lifestyle variable that may impact obesity: sleep. A new study shows that the link between lack of sleep and obesity may be related to the production of hypocretin. Hypocretin (or orexin) has been found to have great importance in the study of appetite and sleep. When you wake up hypocretin is distributed from the deep hypothalamus throughout the brain. When you go to sleep the levels fade. Lack of sleep produces Ghrelin which, among other effects, stimulates appetite and creates less leptin which, among other effects, suppresses appetite. Sleep is perhaps the most fundamental cycle that the human body has, since it is when your mind processes the day's events, your body renews its immune system, and your mind and body are rejuvenated. Your sleep cycles are also something that your body is most particular about--your moods are only one of many things that are thrown off by an irregular sleep cycle. If insomnia is causing you to have an irregular sleep cycle and you also notice you are gaining weight, even if the research and studies are not conclusive about the insomnia/weight gain link, you still owe it to yourself to regulate your sleep cycles and cure your insomnia at the very least. There's also a pretty high possibility that if you resolve your insomnia problem, your weight problem just might be alleviated too. Regain control over your sleep and your life now. Visit SleepDomain - How To Cure Insomnia and Sleep Disorders to find out how. Related Articles - insomnia, sleep, sleep cycle, sleep disorder, lack of sleep, cure your insomnia, Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!
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