Sleep deprivation is slowly being deemed as the modern ailment to watch out for. In another revelation, a recent study revealed that sleep deprivation is as damaging to your body as binge drinking!
The study published researchers from a Quebec-based digital health company Medisys found that sleeping less than six hours every night increased your risk of obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes.
Basically, there’s mounting evidence that states staying up for 18 hours resulted in cognitive impairment that is equivalent to being intoxicated with alcohol, stated the researchers.
Your brain becomes less stable when you are awake for long, diminishing your ability focus where it is needed.
They concluded that driving while sleep deprived was as dangerous as driving when drunk! A research published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicineseconded this fact.
Not only does sleep deprivation have severe implications on your overall health and well being, it could add to your weight loss woes.
Several studies in the past have linked the lack of sleep to binge eating behaviours. This study, for instance, revealed that sleep deprivation leads to a natural increase in the craving for sugar and fatty foods.
“Sleep plays an important role in regulating the hormones that influence hunger (ghrelin, cortisol, and leptin) that’s why sleep deprivation increases appetite and leads to overeating and weight gain,” says Dr Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at Western University and the Chief Scientific Officer of Cambridge Brain Science, who also worked at Medisys previously to Digital Journal.