Premature aging and other effects from lack of sleep

The need for sleep is as important as humanity needs to eat and breathe. Then, what happens if we lack of sleep?

Sleep has an important role for the body because at the time of sleep the body will take care of our physical and mental health. This function is important so that we get freshness when we wake up so that we are ready for daily activities. In addition, sleep also contributes to growth, especially in children and adolescents, because at the time of sleep growth hormone issued.

What Can Happen to body If You Lack of Sleep
Each person's sleeping needs are not the same, but for most people, eight hours of quality sleep is the range required for the above essential functions to work optimally. It is best to know how much the body needs sleep and as much as possible. For children and adolescents, their sleep needs half an hour to an hour above the normal range.

An inadequate need for sleep can cause you to look tired when you wake up or yawn throughout the day. Some of the following may also occur if you experience lack of sleep.

    Suffering from serious illness

A total of 9 out of 10 people suffering from insomnia was also suffering from various serious diseases. Insomnia itself is a condition of someone who is difficult to sleep or difficult to sleep soundly.

Serious illness at risk of suffering from insomnia is heart disease, either heart attack or heart failure. Know that sleep plays an important role for one's body's ability to heal and repair blood vessels and heart. That is why a person who is sleep deprived tends to suffer from serious cardiovascular disease.

Patients with insomnia may also suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), diabetes, stroke, or high blood pressure.

    Easy to get sick and hard to recover

The body's immune system produces proteins called cytokines. Cytokines are needed to help the body cope with infections, inflammation, and stress. While we are sleeping, the body releases a cytokine. If we lack sleep, then the production of this cytokine will also be reduced.

Lack of sleep also causes decreased ability of the immune system and cell performance in the fight against infection. This of course can adversely affect the robustness of the immune system in fighting the source of the disease and the speed of the healing process naturally.
    Decrease memory

Sleep is the time to incorporate the things we have learned and experienced into the short-term memory system. At bedtime, neural connections that support a person's memory strengthen. If the sleep cycle is disrupted, automatic consolidation of memory will be disturbed.

Lack of sleep will also cause a person tend to drowsy which is one of the factors causing someone to forget easily. Drowsiness also plays an important role for loss of focus and concentration ability. If this continues, then do not be surprised if your memory weakens.

    Accelerate premature aging

What will you see on the faces of people who sleep less? Pale skin and puffy eyes, right? If sleep deprivation persists, the skin becomes dull, smooth lines appear, and dark circles under the eyes.

This is related to increased production of the hormone cortisol in someone who is sleep deprived. Excessive hormone cortisol can destroy the protein in charge of smoothing the skin and make it elastic or commonly called skin collagen. The condition of sleep deprivation also affects the lack of growth hormone production. This hormone in particular helps increase muscle mass, thicken the skin, and strengthen bones.
In addition to health related above, sleep deprivation is also responsible for the number of traffic accidents.