We’ll go out on a limb and predict that many of those reading this article are night owls, of which many are #13 FCIRs (and go figure, it’s their body skill bird). Ai??Yes, typically, Front brain dominant folks love the late hours, especially those of the Right brain. Ai??We often get a kick out of people who swear by their mothers’ graves they’re “introverts”, and then go on to tell us that they typically get to bed by midnight … at the earliest. Ai??Sure, some Back brain folks can get in the habit of staying up late, too, but more often than not they wear themselves out, as they produce less dopamine and adrenaline in order to keep them awake and alert.

At any rate, sure, we all know that not getting enough sleep (approximately 7 hours) can be detrimental to your healthai??i??especially before retirement age. Ai??Sleep deprivation can not only make you look worse, but it can lead to high blood pressure, being overweight, and a host of severe psychiatric problems.Ai?? In fact, scientists previously believed psychiatric problems triggered sleep issues, but new research suggests that the reverse is the case. Ai??The lack of shut-eye isAi??causingAi??the psychological disturbances.Ai??Ai??ai???Almost all psychiatric disorders show some problems with sleep.ai???Ai?? (see http://braintypes.com/category/insiderhealth/page/2/#sthash.a5vWnruy.dpuf)

But wait, it gets worse. Ai??Did you know that lack of sleep can even affect your genes? Ai??In fact, just one week of bad sleep, approximately fewer than 6 hours, can “switch off” hundreds of genes and raise the risk of a host of illnesses, including obesity and heart disease. Ai??“Our bodies depend on genes to produce a constant supply of proteins which are used to replace or repair damaged tissue, but after a week of sleep deprivation some of these stopped working,” writes one author in an article titled “Lack of sleep ‘switches off’ genes.” Ai??It goes on to say that the findings “suggest that chronic lack of sleep could prevent the body from fully replenishing itself and raise the risk of a host of diseases.” Ai??For the study, two groups were divided fromAi??26 volunteers, one of which slept for fewer than six hours per night for an entire week, and the other which slept for ten hours per night. Ai??At the end of the week, blood samples were taken, and the results were alarming. Ai??“The week of sleep deprivation was found to have altered the function of 711 genes, including some involved in metabolism, inflammation, immunity and stress.”

As it relates to the brain, several studies have also shown that a lack of sleep can lead to cognitive impairment, such as “limiting our ability to drive a car safely.”

Colin Smith, a professor and one of the authors of a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, says: “This is only a week of sleep restriction and it is only five and a half or six hours a night. Many people have that amount of sleep for weeks, months and maybe even years so we have no idea how much worse it might be. Ai??If these processes continue to be disrupted, you could see how you are going to get impairment of organs, tissues, heart disease, obesity, diabetes. Ai??If you are not able to replenish cells and tissues that are damaged then you are going to suffer permanent ill health.”

We’ll conclude by stating the obvious. Ai??Get your sleep. Ai??Working late into the night is literally killing you, and the old adage still rings loud and true. Ai??“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Written by: Staff
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