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Study reveals that poor sleep causes dysfunctions that lead to illness, premature aging, and premature death
The Portuguese-descendant researcher and neuroscientist Fabiano de Abreu studied how the sleep process works and its importance for health. His new study, “Sleeping little or late causes dysfunctions that lead to illness, premature aging and premature death“, was recently approved by the scientific academy and published in the scientific journal Brazilian Journal of Development.
In his study, Fabiano de Abreu points out that sleeping is, in fact, extremely important for human well-being. “Sleeping is more important than eating”, since “sleeping is a reset in the brain, the moment when it gets better, even doing the necessary cleaning and replenishing energy. However, the brain is not completely turned off, but it is active, processing memories throughout the day ”. “When we sleep, there are cellular repairs with oxygen, glucose, and the cleaning of waste. When this process does not exist, the organ’s reactions to stimuli and instructions are weakened. An example is an adenosine, involved in the regulation of important mechanisms in the CNS and in sleep, which accumulates and intoxicates the blood, reducing the person’s rhythm according to the hours he wakes up”, explains Abreu.
Lack of sleep or sleep quality is often associated with other illnesses. “Sleep deficit has been associated with an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression,” he says. Maintaining a good night’s sleep, therefore, has a number of benefits, both physical and mental.
“A good nighttime routine not only maintains good immunity, but it also improves concentration, memory, mood, creativity, disposition, and stress control. It takes 7 to 8 hours of sleep, depending on the organism, which depends on genetics. Sleep deprivation can result in numerous illnesses as a result of neurotransmitter dysfunction, illnesses from the weakened immune system, or brain damage. Humor and sleep use the same neurotransmitters, so depriving sleep causes the same symptoms as depression ”, points out the researcher.
There are still some myths about sleep that must fall apart. A lost night is forever lost. Abreu warns that “there are those who think that compensating for sleep solves it. But this is not true, since the night is made to sleep and not the day. To compensate for a bad night’s sleep, we must sleep several other nights well to reach balance by regulating the circadian cycle”.
Sleeping is, therefore, one of the pillars for sustainable health, for physical and mental well-being. “The result of sleepless nights is the dysfunction in our neurotransmitters, uncontrolling the entire biological process responsible for our health and general well-being, which can lead to diseases at different periods of life, causing premature aging and leading to premature death”, concludes.