Sleep Wellness The Overnight Remedy – Professor Avni Sali’s latest monthly article for The Melbourne Review

Date: 19-03-2013

In his continuing series of articles for The Melbourne Review Professor Avni Sali’s writes on the topic of Sleep, it’s importance to your health and the Integrative way to improving sleep quality. Read the full article here.

SLEEP WELLNESS THE OVERNIGHT REMEDY

March 2013AVNI SALI

Most people can relate to the feelings of impaired daytime function and fatigue, lack of concentration and memory problems associated with a poor night’s sleep.

But did you know that poor or insufficient sleep can also be a major health risk? British researchers have found sleep deprivation affects hundreds of genes involved with inflammation, immunity and our cells’ response to stress. Sleep disorders, including insomnia and sleep apnoea which can present as a snoring problem, have been shown in studies to correlate with a range of health issues such as obesity, cancer and cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. Just one night of short sleep duration can induce insulin resistance, a major component of type 2 diabetes.

Abnormal sleep patterns predict lower life expectancy, and individuals with insomnia are more likely to develop a mood disorder, substance abuse and other adverse health conditions. Sleep disorders can also affect quality of life, increase the chance of injury and put a strain on relationships. Research indicates that young people getting less than five hours sleep per night are tripling their chances of developing a mental illness. Lack of sleep is as dangerous as alcohol when behind the wheel of a car.

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