Around about eight hours is what most people need to sleep each night for optimal health. But what happens to shift workers? Or if you have jet lag, stay up late, or even have insomnia? How does upsetting your circadian rhythm affect your health?
Researchers in Uppsala have studied acute (short term) sleep loss in otherwise healthy people. They took adipose and skeletal muscle tissue samples from people after a full night’s sleep and after a night with no sleep.
They proved that just one night without sleep can have the following effects:
- changes in how your DNA makes some proteins in adipose (fat) tissue
- inflammation in both adipose and skeletal muscle tissue
- molecular signatures suggesting muscle breakdown
So while both types of tissue samples showed inflammation, the fat tissue was trying to store more fat and the skeletal muscle was breaking down.
These changes can explain why those with chronic (long term) sleep loss are more prone to type 2 diabetes, obesity and other diseases.
This study further highlights the need to keep sleep a priority and ensure you’re doing all you can to get a full night of restful, quality sleep.
Dr Carmen Hunwardsen – Chiropractor Brisbane – owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.