According to Science Daily, an inadequate amount of sleep can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators found out that sleep protects against atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of arterial plaque on the artery walls. The investigators discovered that disruptions during sleep break down control of inflammatory cell production and can cause more inflammatory, which can lead to heart disease. Mice were tested on by injecting them with atherosclerosis and disrupting their sleep. The experiment concluded that sleep-deprived mice had a decrease level of hypocretin, which is a hormone that regulates white blood cells. Mice that had a decrease level of hypocretin, expressed the gene CSF-1 which is the production for arterial plaques. Therefore, CSF-1 is an increase production of arterial plaques that can cause build up in the artery walls and lead to cardiovascular disease.
This article is very interesting because it proves that sleep deprivation can cause a serious health issue. Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep can cause cardiovascular disease later on in life, but also, there are many other down sides when an individual does not get enough amount of sleep. Therefore, sleep is very important to stay healthier later in life.