Sleep Deprivation And Inflammation Link Confirmed, Increases Risks Of Depression And Diabetes

First Posted: Jul 10, 2016 05:19 AM EDT

As we all know, sleep is very important. People nowadays lack sleep due to work, insomnia, thesis, studies and gadgets. People wake up dizzy, crabby, tired and the feeling of floating. According to the new study published in "Biological Psychiatry" being in a long term sleep deprivation can lead to inflammation.

The researchers scanned the studies linking sleep deprivation and inflammation and found out that lack of sleep could indeed increase inflammation levels.

According to Dr. John Krystal, the editor of Biological Psychiatry, "It is important to highlight that both too much and too little sleep appears to be associated with inflammation, a process that contributes to depression as well as many medical illnesses." Sleeping less than 7-8 hours a night increases inflammatory markers in the blood such as C - reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin - 6 (IL-6) which are the ones responsible for chronic diseases like heart issues, hypertension and diabetes.

According to the same study, sleep deprivation can trigger cellular pathway that can cause tissues to damage during inflammation. In order to prevent diseases, Michael Irwin of UCLA said that "Together with diet and physical activity, sleep health represents a third component in the promotion of health-span." Eating well with exercise and enough sleep will be enough to combat diseases.

Inflammation is an attempt pf the body to protect itself. Inflammation does not necessarily mean the body is having an infection. Coronary diseases are often linked to inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the long term inflammation that can result asthma, Ulcer, Tuberculosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic periodontitis, Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, sinusitis, hepatitis and heart problems and as well as cancer.

According to Harvard health, foods that could help prevent inflammation are tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collards, nuts, fatty fish like tuna, salmon and sardined and fruits like stawberry, blue berries, cherries and oranges.

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