New research on poor sleep
Results of research into the effects of lack of sleep has recently been published in Scientific Reports by the University of Helsinki.
We know already that a lack of sleep affects the immune system, brain function, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, blood pressure, appetite, mental and emotional health. The new research suggests that it will also raise the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Those in the study who suffered from poor sleep were found to have higher levels of cholesterol in their blood. The high levels of blood cholesterol (LDL) may be a contributing factor in high deaths from heart disease. This can lead blood arteries to become hardened and form plaques - artherosclerosis - and this can be a risk factor. The plaques, which are full of cholesterol, can form clots, which can restrict the flow of blood to the heart - causing heart disease or heart attack, or travel into the brain - causing stroke.
Hypnotherapy can play an important role in reversing this process. A hypnotherapist can work with someone in the area of insomnia - helping them to sleep more effectively. They can work with them in the area of lowering blood pressure. They can work in the area of lowering cholesterol. They can also work in the area of controlling food consumption, controlling cholesterol from another angle. Hypnotherapy may be able to make an important contribution here, in preserving life.
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About Matthew Hall
Master in clinical hypnosis.