Please Note: Masks Are Required at All Saint Francis Locations
Learn More About COVID-19 Policies at Saint Francis

Dangers of Not Sleeping

When you do not sleep enough, the negative effects stretch far beyond grumpiness during the day. Lack of sleep can have serious long-term consequences, including obesity and heart disease.

“Studies have shown that people with short sleep times (generally less than six hours a day) are more likely to become obese than those who sleep more,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Sleep loss may stimulate receptors in your brain to crave high-fat foods.”

Graham_Keith WResearchers also have discovered that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes – all factors associated with heart disease – are linked to lack of sleep. In some cases, people who sleep little also have a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, which can have serious long-term consequences. “It is in your best interest to get a good night’s sleep,” says Graham.

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

Share This Page:
Possible COVID-19 Exposure? Visit Our Questionnaire