Don’t take insomnia lightly, 5 health conditions caused by sleep disorders

Insomnia may be fairly common, but it can also lead to and aggravate several health conditions.


Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: While all of us have, at some point, had some trouble sleeping, insomnia is not to be taken lightly. In fact, it is linked to several diseases as well, be it Type 2 diabetes, weight loss problems, heart disease, and pregnancy complications.

5 effects of insomnia on our health:

  1. Genetic link between insomnia and psychiatric disorders and metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. The researchers also identified specific genes that cause sleep problems and concluded that depression is “partially heritable”.
  2. Causes βeta-cell dysfunction and increase inflammation and oxidative stress, which leads to worsening glycaemic control in people with diabetes.
  3. Higher risk of developing heart disease over 10 years among 86,329 postmenopausal women.
  4. Makes it tougher to lose weight. as one of the health benefits of sleep is detoxification. When asleep, organs undergo detoxification.
  5. Can also impact women during pregnancy and is a risk factor for high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, depression, premature birth and unplanned caesarean sections.

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