The next time you’re contemplating an all-night Netflix binge, take this to heart: Quite a few heart-related dangers are linked to sleep deprivation.
The journal Scientific Reports, states:
“Short sleep duration has a substantial influence on the overall health of an individual. Short sleep time can be a consequence of lifestyle habits, environmental factors, or the presence of a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep-disordered breathing. Short sleep time is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, mainly from cardiovascular disorders (including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and hypertension).
Several biological mechanisms have been proposed as a possible link between short sleep duration and these diseases, such as involvement of the autonomic nervous system, endothelial function, metabolic regulation, inflammation, and the coagulation system.”
- Regardless of the underlying cause, short duration of sleep seems to be associated with increased morbidity and mortality.
- Experimental data show that sleep deprivation causes important alterations in several intermediate biological mechanisms, such as the autonomic nervous system, endothelial function, insulin and glucose regulation, inflammation, and coagulation.
- Although a causal relationship between short sleep duration and cardiovascular risk is not confirmed, most of the data indicate a strong link between short sleep times and diabetes mellitus, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders.
- Physicians should consider sleep to be a modifiable risk factor for health status, with particular relevance to cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.