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What Can Happen if You Don't Get Enough Rest?

When you don't get enough rest, it's very common for you to become more irritable and experience a dip in your mood. Sleep disorders can also affect the metabolism, memory, and concentration.
What Can Happen if You Don't Get Enough Rest?

Last update: 21 October, 2021

Getting enough sleep seems almost utopic for some. With the fast-paced lives we lead, it’s almost impossible to dedicate the necessary time to rest and even more so to get decent rest. But, have you ever asked yourself what would happen if you don’t get enough rest?

Specialists recommend we sleep between 7 and 8 hours a day. Although it’s true that each person is different and has different needs, this statement is justified. 7 to 8 hours is the minimum that we need for our bodies to function correctly.

Until recently, we didn’t know what the true functions of sleep were. Today, we know that sleeping well is fundamental for our health it helps to regulate our moods, our immune system, and also our memory.

In this article, we’ll tell you all about what can happen if you don’t get enough rest. Also, it’s important to remember that it should be quality sleep; it’s not enough to stay in bed for 8 hours and nothing more.

What happens to your brain if you don’t get enough rest?

Perhaps, of all the parts of the body, the brain is the one that feels it the most when you don’t rest properly. This is because sleep allows the brain to cleanse itself from the toxins it has accumulated during the day.

When you don’t get enough sleep, these toxins tend to build up. In fact, a clear example of this is Alzheimer’s diseaseRecent studies have linked this disease with a tendency to little sleep.

The explanation is simple. With Alzheimer’s, there’s an accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid. Normally, the brain eliminates this protein during the deeper phases of sleep. However, poor sleep isn’t the only risk factor for developing this illness.

Additionally, people that don’t get enough rest tend to have a lower concentration level. Also, they’re slower to think and perform less well; memories and facts just aren’t properly retained.

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Alzheimer’s has been linked with chronic insomnia as it becomes more difficult for the brain to cleanse itself.

What happens to the immune system?

When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system can also become affected. We don’t know exactly how it works, but sleep stimulates the immune system. For that reason when someone doesn’t get enough rest, they’re susceptible to illnesses.

It’s common for you to be more prone to bacterial infections or viruses when you don’t get enough sleep. However, it seems that this can also increase your risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

What happens to your metabolism when you don’t get enough rest?

When you don’t get enough rest, your whole metabolism changes. Firstly, it’s important to know that it’s common for you to gain weight. There are several reasons this may happen.

On one hand, the hormones that control how full you feel change. By this, we mean that not getting enough rest can reduce your levels of leptin. This hormone makes us feel full and reduces our appetite. When we have lower levels of this, we feel hungrier.

On the other hand, you have to remember that the fact that you’re not getting enough rest makes you feel tired, and therefore has a negative effect on the amount of exercise you do. Additionally, as if that wasn’t enough, many people use those hours of insomnia to pick at food and eat more than necessary.

It’s also important to highlight that many metabolic illnesses, like diabetes, are linked to this problem. Scientists confirm that, during sleep, our bodies release insulin.  This substance allows us to regulate the levels of sugar in our blood.

What other problems can develop if you don’t get enough sleep?

As we mentioned before, when you don’t get enough sleep your mood can also change. Studies show that problems with anxiety and depression may appear more frequently in those who don’t get enough sleep.

The same happens with cardiovascular illnesses. Not getting enough sleep increases your risk of suffering from them, and also high blood pressure. For all these reasons, it’s important that we take care of our sleeping habits.

Also, if you have problems when it comes to sleepingyou shouldn’t hesitate to consult a specialist. Sleep is as important to your health as diet and exercise are. These are activities that, based on good habits, can improve the quality of your life!

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