The Impact of Sleeping 5 Hours a Day: Internal Medicine Specialist Explains the Risks

2023-07-18 06:11:41

An internal medicine specialist explained that sleeping five hours a day may lead to irreversible processes in the body.

Dr. Olga Shashkova, an internal medicine specialist, said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper that this condition may lead to serious diseases, including cancer and obesity, as reported by Russia Today.

She added: “What happens to a person if he sleeps 5 hours a day for a week, a month, a year or more? If this happens once, the body may not feel the effort that affects performance, fatigue and productivity during the day. But if the person always suffers from a lack of Sleep, it initiates processes once morest the background of disturbing the body’s biological clock rhythm, leading to sleep disturbances, hormonal disorders, obesity, impaired glucose and insulin tolerance, and as a result to diabetes and cancer.

And she continued, saying that, once morest the background of lack of sleep, serious consequences associated with the imbalance of energy metabolism and the metabolism process in general can appear.

“The production of cortisol, melatonin and somatotropin will be disturbed, fat will be accumulated severely, leptin and transcript will rise to a lower basal level of lipid oxidation in the blood. All this can lead to overeating, obesity, the development of type 2 diabetes, and stress,” she said. Chronic diseases, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and even cancer, especially breast cancer… In short, metabolic syndrome develops once morest a background of disruption of the circadian rhythm.”

In addition, chronic lack of sleep affects a person’s psycho-emotional state and performance. Therefore, people who do not always get enough sleep are at risk of stress and emotional outbursts, that is, they cannot cope with stressful situations. As a general rule, they are irritable, whiny, sedentary, inattentive, physically inactive and have a significantly reduced libido.

“Is it possible to compensate for the lack of sleep at the weekend? Yes, of course it is possible if the lack of sleep occurs once. But if this is a permanent condition in life, then it leads to the development of pathological processes. Compensating for it at the weekend is like overeating,” she explained. For the sake of the future. That is simply impossible. Excessive eating is wrong and sometimes dangerous to health. The same is true for sleep, as it is not possible to sleep for a long time as a reserve for the future. In addition to that, excessive sleep is harmful to health, because it leads to disorder The circadian rhythm, so when a person sleeps longer than usual, their body feels ‘broken’ and they experience weakness, headaches and low energy.”

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According to her, some try to solve the problem of lack of sleep by drinking coffee and stimulant drinks. However, the results of many studies confirmed that this gives the body additional energy for a short period, and the person does not feel like sleeping 1-2 hours. But its performance remains low.

“In addition, caffeine removes some essential mineral elements, such as magnesium, sodium, calcium and B vitamins, which negatively affects the general condition of the body,” she says. “So for normal health, you should get enough sleep, but not oversleep.” It is better to go to bed before 23:00 and not use electronic devices and watch TV an hour before bedtime.”

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