Sleep and Accelerated Aging

Sleep DeprivationAlthough countless factors affect the aging process, one of the simplest things people can do to avoid accelerated aging is get enough sleep. Quality sleep allows the body to produce the human growth hormone that helps build muscle mass, thicken skin, strengthen bones and stay youthful.

The cumulative effects of sleep deprivation can be shocking. Constant fatigue creates more stress and irritability daily, both of which can significantly accelerate the aging process. Similarly, lack of sleep creates additional physical stress on the body, putting people at a higher risk for:

– heart attack
– heart disease
– high blood pressure
– diabetes
– obesity
– stroke

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