3 Harmful Effects of Sleep Deprivation: The Case for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Available for Interviews: Dr. David J. Calabro

Dr. Calabro, , DC, CCN, FICPA, CEG, practices Functional Medicine at the Calabro Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Dr. Calabro specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, essential oils, and BrainTap therapy.


What Dr. Calabro can say in an interview on Sleep Deprivation:

Far too many Americans don’t get enough sleep. When we feel pressed for time and have too much to do, we often sacrifice hours of sleep in order to cope. Maybe you’re someone who actually boasts about how little sleep you need each night. But many of us don’t understand just how vitally important that sleep is to our overall well-being. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation can be toxic to our health.

Without enough hours of sleep, we may wake up a little cranky and less focused than usual. But consistently getting insufficient sleep has larger, very real consequences to our physical health, too. Here are 3 harmful effects that sleep deprivation can have:

Lowered Immune Response.  Studies report that people who aren’t getting enough sleep are at an increased chance of getting sick after being exposed to a virus. A persistent lack of sleep reduces the production of cytokines which are a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation.

Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  Skimping on shut-eye causes hormonal disturbances. Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar. To our bodies, sleep deprivation can mimic insulin resistance. The result is too much glucose in the bloodstream and a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease.  A chronic lack of proper sleep can affect our hearts in a number of ways. The rise of inflammatory agents when we are sleep-deprived raises blood pressure. Further, poor quality sleep is also associated with the development of coronary artery calcification which is another risk factor for heart disease.

The prolonged lack of adequate sleep is associated with a shortened lifespan. Aim to get at least 7 hours a night. Remember, sleep is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Dr. David J. Calabro, DC

Dr. David J. Calabro, DC, CCN, FICPA, CEG, runs the Calabro Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Linwood, NJ. Calabro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia where he graduated with honors and pediatric certification. He also received his certification in Clinical Nutrition from the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Calabro specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, essential oils, and BrainTap therapy. His method is to addresses the underlying cause of disease by focusing on the patient as a whole rather than only treating isolated sets of symptoms.

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