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A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Surrey in the UK says, “A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body”.
Their findings, published in the journal, PNAS, shows that activity of hundreds of genes were altered when people’s sleep was decreased to less than six hours a day for one week, thus explaining how poor sleep can easily damage overall health, as the lack of sleep, changes the chemistry of the body. In fact, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, poor brain function, and stress have all been linked to substandard sleep.
To gain more sound sleep, experts recommend:
- Temperature control: Avoid sleeping in rooms that are either too hot or cold
- Sleep in your own bed: Avoid falling asleep on the couch or your favorite chair, as this may result in disturbed sleep
- Create a sleep profile: Try to keep track of when you fall asleep and when you wake up, as to manage your body’s internal clock more effectively
Sleep is essential in maintaining the body’s functional state and to regenerating all cells.