A Fractured Sleeping Pattern And It’s Effects On You

This blog post is a quick response to the recent discussion conducted by Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. David Johnson, in which he talks about the many effects that sleep deprivation can have on your health and wellbeing.

The Professor states that sleep deprivation has a profound effect on several disease states including stroke, obesity, diabetes and memory loss. Epidemiologic studies suggest that less than 6 hours of sleep a night increases the risk of stroke by 4 times, obesity risk increases due to an associated increase in ghrelin, reducing satiety and increasing hunger, and diabetes risk increases because of increases in insulin resistance.

He also alludes to the effects sleep deprivation can have on Osteoporosis, he notes that bone mineral density is lower in sleep deprived animals with changes in bone marrow also evident within 3 months of sleep deprivation. He also states there is a 48% increase in early cardiac death and an overall 4 fold increase in general mortality!

If you’re not getting enough sleep, particularly when training, then these reasons should be good enough justification to adjust that sleeping routine!


Medscape, (2014). Fractured sleep exacts a heavy toll. Retrieved 26th February, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/820529?nlid=50123_1842&src=wnl_edit_medp_wir&uac=208518SR&spon=17

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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