Health & Sleep

Health & Sleep
Swipe through the images for some pretty eye-opening facts about the impact of sleep on your health!

Sleep is necessary for the proper functioning, regulation and recovery of just about all facets of our health and well-being – so much so that in the 2nd slide we can see a U-shaped relationship with sleep duration and risk of mortality.

Pandemic of Sleep Neglection
Despite being the equivalent of a wonder-drug that is free of cost & side effects and available every single night – many people willingly short change themselves on their 8-hour prescription of sleep in favour of entertainment, screens, work or education.

How Does Sleep Impact Health?
While the association of sleep, poor health and mortality is likely due to a plethora of different processes and systems being negatively impacted; in the infographic we have highlighted some of the main contributors – cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, immune deficit, injury risk, neurodegenerative conditions and reproductive impairment.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Written by: David Resic (Osteopath)

Covassin & Singh, 2016, Sleep Duration and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Epidemiologic and Experimental Evidence, Sleep Medicine Clinics

Irwin et al, 1994, Partial Sleep Deprivation Reduces Natural Killer Cell Activity in Humans, Psychosomatic Medicine

Knutson & Cauter, 2008, Associations between sleep loss and increased risk of diabetes, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Leproult & Cauter, 2011, Effect of 1 Week of Sleep Restriction on Testosterone Levels in Young Healthy Men, Journal of the American Medical Association

Lim et al, 2013, Sleep Fragmentation and the Risk of Incident Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline in Older Persons, Sleep

Milewski et al, 2014, Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics

Prather et al, 2015, Behaviorally Assessed Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold, Sleep

Shen et al, 2016, Nighttime sleep duration, 24-hour sleep duration and risk of all-cause mortality among adults: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, Scientific Reports

Shokri-Kojori et al, 2018, β-Amyloid accumulation in the human brain after one night of sleep deprivation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Spiegel et al, 2002, Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Response to Immunization, Journal of the American Medical Association

Touzet et al, 2002, Relationship between sleep and secretion of gonadotropin and ovarian hormones in women with normal cycles, Reproductive Endocrinology