Advertisement

What are the health effects of poor sleep?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Poor sleep increases your risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes, because sleep helps curb your appetite and control glucose metabolism. People with poor sleep also have higher levels of inflammatory chemicals that can increase their risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Interestingly, sleep is also linked to pain sensitivity. People with poor sleep have a lower pain threshold, so your pain will be more severe when you're sleeping poorly.
The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit: Manage Your Symptoms and Take Control of Your Life

More About this Book

The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit: Manage Your Symptoms and Take Control of Your Life

The Woman's Fibromyalgia Toolkit tells readers what they need to know to take control of fibromyalgia symptoms. It includes step-by-step instructions for using effective non-drug treatments,...

Continue Learning about Sleep Basics

Reduce Screen Time for Better Sleep
Reduce Screen Time for Better Sleep
In Bedtime for Bonzo, when college professor Peter Boyd (Ronald Regan) attempts to demonstrate that he can teach a chimpanzee (Bonzo) right from wrong...
Read More
How does a child’s sleep impact behavior during the day?
Edward R. Christophersen, PhDEdward R. Christophersen, PhD
A recent study in Pediatrics showed that seven-year-old children with irregular or inconsistent bedt...
More Answers
Does sleep affect memory?
Dr. Michael Breus, PhDDr. Michael Breus, PhD
Want to maximize your learning capacity? Get some sleep. That’s the takeaway from a study that e...
More Answers
What's a Good Breathing Exercise to Help Me Sleep?
What's a Good Breathing Exercise to Help Me Sleep?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.