Sleep In Majorly On The Weekends? Your Body Is Paying A Serious Price For It

2016-08-22 02:16:12Z
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

A Girl Has No Name... But if you must know I'm Hayley, aka Numpty 'coz I'm a clutz. I'm a Scoopla content producer, actor, martial artist, and you'll often find me binge-watching Netflix with my partner.

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Everyone loves a good sleep in, but sometimes we take it too far and the damaging effects of doing so are worse than we could have expected.

We all are working nine to five just to stay alive, as Bey likes to tell us, so when the weekend comes 'round we just want to get in bed and stay there.

Sometimes it's like we could stay there all gosh darn day... and we're sure a lot of you do.

If that's the case then you better listen up, because you could be doing some serious damage to your bodies without realising it. Especially if you're doing this often and spend entire days in bed, or are bed ridden due to health issues.

Pat Graziosi, from YouTube science channel Life Noggin, has pulled together research from global studies on the effects of staying in bed to create a pretty eye-opening informational video.

He explains a study NASA conducted, where they paid a man $18,000 to spend 70 days in bed to see the extent of the side effects, and how the participant lost 20 percent of his total blood volume.

The list of side effects found which can result from being bed ridden or making the decision to stay in bed for hours on end over days at a time, are scary.

For starters, you'd start to develop bedsores created by the amount of pressure placed on the skin as you lie down. Blood can't reach your cells and hence they become damaged... and then can die.

Secondly, you lose your strength.

"Muscles at complete rest lose 10-15% of their strength per week... "

Maybe this is why you're feeling weaker? It also leads to fatigue, due to a decrease in endurance.

In severe circumstances, muscles start to atrohpy and lose their mass... oh and so do bones, due to increased bone resorption ( a process which breaks bones down and leads to things like Osteoperosis).

"For every two days of immobilisation your resting heart rate increases by one beat per minute, eventually plateauing... Your blood volume decreses as well... which means you'll get tired much more easily."

The studies also go on to list effects like, increased risk of diseases, kidney stones, anxiety and pneumonia... and even more.

We already spend one third of our lives sleeping in a bed, so perhaps we should keep our lazy days of bed laying to a minimum and get out there to experience the life we have been blessed with.


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