Those who do not sleep too much for dehydration
Many adults only sleep six hours a night – this is too little, according to numerous studies. The recommended duration of sleep for adults should be between seven and eight hours a day. The American research team has now discovered another good reason why they should follow the sleep guidelines. Apparently, lack of sleep affects the hormones and gives priority to faster dehydration.
Researchers at Penn State University in Pennsylvania found in a recent study that too little sleep has a negative effect on our hormones that regulate the fluid balance of the body. This is associated with an increased likelihood of dehydration. The results of the study were recently published in the magazine "Sleeping".
Poor sleep? Then you need to drink more water
If you feel bad after a short night, this may be due to dehydration. Researchers suggest that people who have not slept should drink more water after nighttime to avoid the symptoms of dehydration. "From just six hours of sleep per night, it can affect your fluid balance," says Asher Rosinger, director of the study.
The relationship between sleep and water in the body is related
The Penn State study looked at the balance of volunteers in terms of sleep duration. The team found that participants who only slept six hours had considerably more concentrated urine. In addition, a short sleep group of up to 59 percent was more likely to be insufficiently hydrated than adults who regularly slept for eight hours.
How does lack of sleep affect the water balance?
In subsequent studies, researchers found that for this effect, a particular hormone called vasopressin was responsible for this effect. This hormone regulates the water balance of the body. Although it is released both during the day and at night, however, as the scientists argue, the distribution process is accelerated in late sleep cycles. "So if you wake up before, you may miss a window where more hormones will be released, which disrupts the hydration of the body," Rosinger said in a press release on the findings of the study.
How to recognize dehydration
According to researchers, dehydration can affect many systems and body functions. Among other things, this can be reflected in the perception, mood and physical and mental performance. If such a condition is maintained over a prolonged period of time, serious health consequences, such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones, are at risk.
Further effects of sleep deprivation
But sleep is not only important for water balance. During sleep, the brain detoxes and sleep disorders reduce the process, as the brain cells are filled with brain cells during sleep. These extensions are similar to the highway where waste from metabolism is transmitted from the brain at twice the speed. This could also be an explanation of why healthy sleep is considered a protective function against dementia.
However, too much sleep can be harmful
Too much and too little sleep can damage our health. The second study showed that people who sleep regularly for ten hours or more increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. This is a dangerous combination of obesity (especially the formation of abdominal fat), high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar and high levels of fats in the blood. (Vb)