It’s also no secret sleep is good for our bodies. The time range from helping you get to sleep quicker to boosting your metabolism. One study even showed that sleeping more can add years to your life, with more deaths occurring among women who slept under five hours a night. Let’s study how to be harmful to health of staying up late.
It Could Be Linked To High Blood Sugar
A 2015 study found health problems like high blood sugar linked to people with an evening-driven schedule. While the study was working with a relatively small sample size, its results showed that female participants who stayed up late were also more likely to have high blood sugar. Hyperglycemia, significantly high blood sugar, is often associated with other health conditions, from temporary problems like fatigue and headaches to more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease and kidney damage.
It Can Lead To Poor Eating Habits
Late-night binges are all-too familiar to anyone who’s pulled an all-nighter studying or going down a rabbit hole of YouTube makeup videos. (I’m not alone in that, right?) However, one study found that staying up late make you eat more and, oftentimes, worse. As the results of that study suggest, we start craving denser food with less beneficial kinds of fat when we stay up past our bedtime, which can ultimately lead to poor health.
It Could Be Linked To Heart Disease
What if you maintain a fairly regular sleep schedule throughout the week and just do the stay up late/sleep in late thing on the weekend? One study suggests you might still be doing damage to your health. Researchers called this sleep pattern “social jet lag” and linked its affects heart disease. In fact, researchers found that for every hour your sleep schedule shifts, you increase your risk of heart disease by 11 percent.
It Could Be Making You Sick
Sleep is healing, as anyone who’s been able to sleep off a cold will tell you. Stay late, sleep impacts your immune system. If you’re starting to get sick and aren’t getting a good night’s sleep, you may actually be making yourself sicker by not giving your body enough time to fight off illness or infection.
It Might Be Linked To Depression
In a recent study, presented earlier this year, researchers found that people who consider themselves night owls were also more likely to report experiences symptoms of depression. This was especially true among participants who stayed up late and also had type-2 diabetes. While not necessarily a cause-effect relationship, it’s worth noting that the two seem to be intertwined to some degree.