The body’s circadian clock and immune responses all react to the change in the normal sleeping time and cause heart problems when these times are not observed. Even a change involving just one hour of delayed sleep can be seriously detrimental to someone’s health.
According to recent studies, people who for one reason or another suffer sleep deprivation stand a big risk of getting cardiac problems that could be serious enough to cause heart attacks and death. Lead researcher in this study, Martin Young, a professor in the cardiovascular disease division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has confirmed that when people suffer sleep deprivation, the body’s circadian clock and immune responses all react to the change in the normal sleeping time and cause heart problems when these times are not observed. Even a change involving just one hour of delayed sleep can be seriously detrimental to someone’s health.
According to these researchers, sleep deprivation alters other body processes, including inflammatory response, which can contribute to a heart attack because every cell in the body has its own clock that allows it to anticipate when something is going to happen and prepare for it. The cells are so sensitive to changes that even a mere shift in one’s environment such as springing forward causes a disequilibrium at the level of the cells which require adjustment before these cells can function normally again.
The immune system also may play a role in heightening the risks associated with sleep deprivation. Most of the positive immune responses are dependant on the time of the day. In order to avoid complications linked to sleep deprivation, the following habits could be helpful to significantly reset both the central or master clock in the brain that normally reacts to changes in light and darkness cycles;
- Have a good sound sleep for 5-6 hours every night
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal on Saturday and Sunday to help prepare you for an early start on Monday.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Head outside to catch some sunlight in the early morning.
- Get a few minutes of morning exercise over the weekend especially if you have no cardiac disease.
Observing the above routines will make the body to naturally adjust to the change in the environment, which may reduce your chance of adverse health conditions.