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The Awful Truth of Insomnia: 5 Scary Side Effects

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Everyone around me knows when 9 PM hits, I am ready for bed.  I’ve always believed in the saying “early to bed, early to rise…” but I then wonder, why aren’t I “healthy, wealthy and wise”?  Maybe it’s because, although I fall asleep early, I have a terrible time staying asleep.  Seriously, I wake up during the night at least 5 times and each morning I feel as tired as I did the night before.  It has become such a problem, my husband now sleeps in a different bedroom because my insomnia disturbs his sleep.

  It’s frustrating lying in bed as the clock ticks by, knowing I have to be up in a few hours but I can’t sleep.  I usually give up on my attempts and turn the TV on.  Maybe if I watch a really boring show, I will fall asleep?  It never works but at least I’m not staring at the time any longer.  And then it happens, I fall asleep for what seems like minutes, only to be awakened by the alarm clock.  Nooooo!!  This lack of sleep is not only frustrating but it’s comes with some alarming side effects.
Five Possible Side Effects of Insomnia

1. Obesity.  This is no surprise because what do most people do when they can’t sleep?  Snack.  In a 2012 study, lack of sleep was shown to boost the hunger hormone ghrelin and limit leptin, the hormone which regulates food intake (Yes, that is the Scientist in me talking).  It’s no wonder we crave those late night snacks!


2.  Cancer Risk.  It’s been shown there is a direct correlation with patients diagnosed with colon cancer and lack of sleep.  This is not the only cancer risk, breast cancer has also been linked with lack of sleep.  Wow, just wow.
3.  Heart Disease.  Are you surprised that lack of sleep, combined with stress leads the body to heart disease?  I’m not but I am surprised by this:  People who slept less than 6 hours a night has a staggering 48% higher risk of developing heart disease.  48%?!?!  Are you kidding me?  Half of us with difficulty sleeping are a higher risk for heart disease?  How scary!
4.  Memory Loss.  Have a bad night of sleep and the next day you are unable to function?  Well, insomnia can directly effect the mind, but even more disturbing, long term lack of sleep can lead to permanent memory loss!  What is my name again?
5.  Your Life.  People who aren’t getting enough sleep at night have a higher mortality rate than those that are.  Well, it’s no wonder people with insomnia have a higher mortality rate, just look at the rest of the symptoms on this list!
These symptoms are an eye opener and extremely scary!  To think, my sleep (or lack there of) can directly effect my health is concerning; especially considering my bad sleep patterns.  Now you might be thinking, “No way, I don’t have to worry about this.  I don’t have insomnia.  I can get to sleep just fine.”  Au contraire, the most common symptom of insomnia is not the ability to fall asleep but stay asleep.  In fact, nearly 4 million Americans are suffering from insomnia, it is a HUGE problem in this country.  Even more shocking, on average nearly 72% of Americans are missing out on 3 weeks of sleep a year, that is 470 hours of sleep they are missing!  I am tired just thinking about it.
Now I don’t want to freak you out, this post isn’t all doom and gloom.  In fact, if you are one of the 62% of Americans that suffer from insomnia, there is treatment!  Call your family doctor and make an appointment today.  Discuss your routine, lifestyle and symptoms with him/her, your health may very well depend on it.
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