Lack of sleep is not good for health. However, if the lack of sleep also has a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, the danger can be doubled.
A recent study by Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, sleep psychologist from Sleep Research and Treatment Center, Penn State’s Milton S Hershey Medical Center said sleeping less than 6 hours a day may double the risk of death from heart disease and stroke.
This warning applies to those who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes before, or commonly called the metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome itself consists of high blood pressure, high cholesterol (LDL), high blood sugar, obesity and high blood fat or triglyceride levels.
Julio came to this conclusion after observing more than 1300 men and women aged 49 years old who were asked to stay in the laboratory for one night. 39 Percent of participants had at least three risk factors.
17 Years later a follow-up study and 22 percent of participants were reported to have died.
According to Julio, the cause can vary. One of them is from lifestyle aspect. “It could be that those with metabolic syndrome and lack of sleep also tend to be more sedentary (spend time sitting around) and poor diet, thus increasing the risk of the disease,” he explained.
Plus, lack of sleep alone is able to raise the risk of premature death, especially for those who have blood pressure and high blood sugar levels.
“Those with metabolic syndrome and sleep deprivation are more problematic with their anatomic nervous system and metabolism,” continued Julio.
However, Julio asserted, the link between sleep deprivation and the high risk of early death is not causal, meaning it can still be modified although it can not be underestimated.
Relation to the month of fasting, sleeping hours are usually cut to eat Sahur, but Muslims are not advised to go straight to bed as the meal is finished.
Dr Ari Fahrial Syam SpPD-KGEH, MMB, FINASIM, FACP, gastrointestinal and gastrointestinal consultant from FKUI / RSCM explained, this is because stomach acid can return to the esophagus and cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract.
Nevertheless, work productivity can stay awake despite hours of sleep cut off. Dr Andreas Prasadja, RPSGT recommends that those who fast for naps.
“Because bedtime is already cut off time of dawn, so it is necessary additional sleep, napping can be the solution,” said the man who is familiarly called Dr. Ade.
The duration of a nap in the month of fasting or on an ordinary day is the same, which is still 30 minutes. But for office workers, nap time depends on the work and condition of each office. If it is possible to nap for 30 minutes, according to Dr. Ade this is already very good.