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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

More Than A Third of Americans Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Increasing Their Risk for Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)reports that more than a third of Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation, is 7 - 10 hours a night for adults. What most people don't know is that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

If you're consistently not getting enough sleep, read these statistics.

Colon Cancer

According to research by Case Western University, people who get 6 or less hours of sleep a night increase their risk of colorectal polyps that can lead to cancer by 47 percent over those who sleep 7 or more hours a night.

Heart Disease

Research by West Virginia University School of Medicine showed that people who slept less than 7 hours a night increased their risk of getting heart disease. In addition, women under the age of 60 who only slept 5 or less hours a night doubled their risk of heart disease.

Diabetes

Lack of sleep is particularly devastating to people with type 2 diabetes. Depending on how little sleep they get each night, the results can include 9 - 23 percent higher glucose levels, 30 - 48 percent higher insulin levels, and 43 - 82 percent higher insulin resistance levels.

In addition, sleep deprivation can cause urinary problems such as inflammation, increased urination and incontinence. Even the mortality rate, especially among men 45 and younger, increased--doubling the risk for death compared to men who received plenty of sleep. So, sleep should not be ignored or considered of less importance. The long-term effects can eventually produce some pretty serious health problems. Depriving yourself of a good night's sleep is just not worth the risk.


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