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How Lack of Sleep Affect Your Health

More than 50 million Americans struggle with chronic sleep disorders, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being. Our internal clock, known as the circadian rhythm, regulates our sleep-wake cycle and influences various aspects of our physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to permanent changes in metabolism and blood pressure, but these effects can be reversed with proper sleeping habits. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to being either morning people or night owls, while most people fall somewhere in between.

The two most common sleep disorders are obstructive sleep apnea, which is related to breathing difficulties during sleep and often associated with obesity, and insomnia disorder, characterized by chronic difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Understanding the relationship between sleep and overall health is still an evolving field of research, but it is clear that a good night's sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy and long life.


Vocabulary:

• Sleep Disorders
Conditions that affect sleep patterns and quality.

• Circadian Rhythm
The internal clock that regulates sleep-wake cycles.

• Blood Pressure
The force of blood against the walls of the arteries.

• Folks
Used when speaking informally to a group of people.

• To Shift
To change.

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