Written by Jason Fly on Oct. 19th 2018
"Women's hormonal cycle is linked to sleep disturbances"

Learning and Memory:
 The sleep deprived brain is less able to remember new information. Studies have discovered over the past 10 years that we need sleep after learning to hit the save button on those new memories. But recent studies have shown that you need sleep before learning, "almost like a dry sponge ready to soak up new information". Without sleep, the memories become waterlogged and you can't absorb new memories.

Immune system: Sleep deprivation inhibits the body from reallocating its energy from wakeful purposes to the restorative purposes that are necessary in maintenance of a healthy immune system. The general finding is that sleep deprivation undermines our immunities. There is evidence for this with cancer, HIV/AIDS, as well as the common cold, flu and Pneumonia."Women with only 5 hours sleep or less are 70% more likely to have Pneumonia.

Diabetes and Obesity: The casual relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes is exacerbated by poor sleep. Poor sleep independently is associated with increased weight gain and obesity among children, young adults, and adults. "Have you ever struggled to eat healthy when you're tired" ? Sleep deprivation causes changes to hormones that regulate hunger and appetite. The hormone leptin suppresses appetite and encourages the body to expend energy. Sleep deprivation reduces leptin and causes you to crave those unhealthy treats or meals.

Anxiety and Fear: Poor sleep is associated as the cause and consequence of several psychological disorders. We see this in increased reactivity to stimuli, difficulty extinguishing fear, and generalized anxiety disorder. Adults who sleep fewer than seven hours a night report higher stress levels than those who sleep at least 7-9 hours a night. 

Sex: Anxiety and depression, both side effects of insomnia and sleep deprivation, are known to cause sexual dysfunction for a variety of reasons, both physical and cognitive. When the body becomes stressed because of sleep difficulties, the brain suppresses the production of sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone in favor of stress hormones like cortisol. This shift in hormone levels can lead to decreased sex drive, infertility, or erectile dysfunction.

Alzheimer's Disease: Looking closely at sleep and cognitive dysfunction, there has been increasing evidence that sleep disturbance and sleep deprivation are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder involving cognitive and functional disability; it causes most cases of dementia. 

Depression: Sleep loss triggers negative emotional reactions, making us more irritable, emotionally volatile, anxious, aggressive and prone to suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. There is a complex relationship between sleep deprivation and depression. As a general practice, sleeping well improves overall health, including your mood. 

Jason Fly

Jason Fly helps women over 40 improve their health and wellbeing through improved sleep.
He is an expert at helping people transform their lives and reduce the risk of disease and illness through a balanced routine in quality sleep.
If you're interested in changing your life and improving your health then definitely reach out and request a free strategy session today. 
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