Sleep Loss Causes Inflammation

Sleep Loss Causes Inflammation
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and cellular disruption. It is linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Physicians routinely screen for inflammation with blood tests such as C-reactive protein and nuclear factor (NF)-KB. A study from UCLA found that disturbed sleep, even for a few hours, triggered inflammation in the body’s cells and organs. The scientists found that (NF)-KB levels were lower after a good night’s sleep compared to partial sleep deprivation, in which people stayed awake between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sleep deprivation is linked to a variety of health problems including obesity, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and some cancers. America is a high-stress society in which most people don’t get enough sleep. We could be paying for it with our health. (Biological Psychiatry, 64: 538-540)

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