Know the repercussions on the brain of sleeping little

When we do not sleep the adequate and sufficient hours that our body needs, the first most noticeable signs of the repercussions of sleeping little can appear when we want to carry out a simple and daily task, show states of irritation and bad mood, lack of concentration and slowness in the jobs.

For each person, the hours they need to rest vary according to their physical conditions and age, although we can speak of an average of 8 hours a day, a little more and a little less than that would be ideal. Although this time frame is not met every day, many people do not get enough sleep.

According to studies, not sleeping well for more than 6 nights, or spending several nights in a row sleeping really very little time, could lead to heart problems, neurological damage and obesity problems.

Repercussions on the brain from poor sleep

Memory impairment . One of the problems with the lack of hours of sleep, are those of losing concentration very easily and forgetting about immediate things, the causes are linked to the accumulation of amyloid plaques, which is a characteristic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, studies say from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The loss of neurons. The Perelman Center for Sleep and Neurobiology determines that prolonged wakefulness is related to the loss of neurons essential for learning. Research in humans shows that attention span and other aspects of learning do not normalize, even after several days of good sleep.

Damage to the cerebral cortex. For its part, the University of Uppsala, Sweden, assures us that just one night of sleep deprivation can cause loss of brain tissue, this is demonstrated by the high concentrations of brain molecules found in the blood of 15 volunteers who remained in wakefulness for 24 hours.

Cause of depression. After many days of little sleep, your mood will start to drop. Lack of sleep affects your brain’s emotional responses and hinders your ability to cope with stress. The study of young adults from the Columbia University Medical Center estimates that those who sleep less than five hours have a 71% higher risk of suffering from depression.

Psychiatric disorders.  There are many differences that you can find after a restful sleep with the lack of it compared to daily tasks or problems that you can solve with greater clarity. According to the Harvard Medical Academy, due to lack of sleep, the brain becomes unable to contemplate and organize everyday problems so that they are easier for it to solve.

If we consider that in the span of a day we could do more things for our work, our entertainment, our concerns, well we are correct, but in truth what we do with the few hours of sleep is a poor quality life that can have serious health risks as mentioned above.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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