BBC News Bad sleepdramatically alters body

Everyone knows how awful one can feel when you have had a few nights of poor sleep, or little sleep or if you are unfortunate enough to be doing shift work the havoc on your body when you are constantly changing your body clock hours.  But did you know that long term sleep deprivation can alter your body chemistry enough to bring on ill health and maybe even disease.  I know that I can become very irascible and short-tempered when I am tired, and yes I do feel stressed out, and yes at that point lack of sleep can lower my immune system enough for me to have a cold, or even flu. But I had no idea that it could also lead to far worse, according to the article below.

BBC News Bad sleepdramatically alters body

“Areas such as the immune system and how the body responds to damage and stress were affected. Prof Smith addedClearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the …”


As a child I hated going to sleep, probably because I was sent away to boarding school at a very young age.  I was born in Zambia, and once my sister turned 9 years she had to go away to school, so i was sent with her, I was 7 going on eight years, and didn’t really cope very well with being away from home and family.  My coping mechanism was to bury myself in books, and read to all hours as I just couldn’t put the book down, and read under the blanket by torch light.  Disastrous for my eye-sight, my health and my scholastic progress.  Tired brains don’t function brilliantly.  Today I still struggle to sleep, but these days I can manage one night of poor sleep, but two nights and my ability to cope with daily routine is diminished almost completely.  However reading this article I feel I will have to do more in getting to bed and hopefully having reasonable nights sleep.

I have found three things help to a certain point.  Good exercise, at least 30 minutes of walking in the fresh air, or if not possible, using an exercise machine at home, it doesn’t matter so long as the pulse is raised for those 30 minutes.  My doctor advised me to have a small carbohydrate meal just before going to sleep, and that does do the trick, if I am not woulnd up about something or other, and that includes excitement, as both can make my brain too active.  But also on the advice of my Doctor, I must do a little light reading, so I do, only trouble is I often can’t put the book down, and that can be as much a cause as a cure for insomnia. When you read the article there is a list of related stories, and if you suffer from insomnia than do read the article in the list:- ‘Five things that stop a good nights sleep,’  it may help you with your insomnia.

There is also an interesting book called Sleep Thieves which again explain in greater depth the effects lack of sleep or even poor sleep can have on your overall health.  If you want to know more about this than click on the link colored in yellow.

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