In this article, we’ll take a look at a different aspect of sleep and stress. I’ll show you how stress causes inflammation, and inflammation can ultimately cause many, if not all diseases.
Balance is the key
First of all, too much sleep is just as deadly, as too little sleep. This is because either state puts stress on your body. So then, balance is the key, and therefore, balance equals health.
Look at it this way. Our bodies are balanced when things that should be working are working. However, when things that should work, aren’t working; or, when things that shouldn’t be working are working, an imbalance is created. And sooner or later, disease will set in.
By the way, if you’re thinking I’m exaggerating by saying too little or too much sleep is deadly, I’m not. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at stress and inflammation as they relate to sleep.
Inflammation and Sleep
Once again referring to my previous article http://sleepguyblog.com/how-reducing-stress-improves-womens-health/, we saw how sleep causes stress. And stress causes a whole series of events to take place, but we’re going to focus on a little guy called cortisol.
Cortisol regulates your immune system. Too much or too little over a period of time can cause frequent infections, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and chronic inflammation.
So even though Cortisol initially works to reduce inflammation, it eventually sets in motion a process that leads to chronic inflammation. And while inflammation is a part of wound healing, it can eventually cause disease, including cancer.
Also, reducing inflammation leads to suppression of the immune system, exposing us to disease. Yet inflammation itself can also lead to disease! It does this by ‘hiding’ mutated cells so that they go undetected by your immune system.
Remember, it’s all about balance.
I think further clarification is necessary here. That is that inflammation and infection are two different things. An infection can cause inflammation. But inflammation can take place without an infection, which is the focus of this article.
Let’s take a look a closer look at this.
Inflammation and Diseases
When you get an injury, your body responds by making your blood vessels ‘leaky’. This allows certain blood cells to go to the infected area and to properly deal with the invading organism; resulting in redness, swelling and tenderness to the area. Once the invader’s dealt with, swelling goes down, and things return to normal; or at least they should.
But what if they don’t? What if you’re constantly under stress? We’ve already seen how inflammation can turn deadly. Therefore, poor sleep causes stress, and chronic stress causes damaging inflammation, and chronic inflammation could be the cause of every disease. So then, poor quality sleep could be behind most, if not all diseases!
Or put another way. Balance equals health, and imbalance equals disease. Therefore, good quality sleep (balance) equals health; while poor quality sleep(imbalance) equals disease.
The following is a list of some of the diseases caused by inflammation:
1-Allergic diseases, like Asthma, Eczema.
2-Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Parkinson’s.
4-Chronic Inflammation is also a critical component of tumor growth. Although it takes inflammation 20-30 years to produce cancer. Cancer’s also a risk factor for heart disease.
In addition to all this, inflammation even causes us to age faster!
So then, if it’s all about balance, what’s the best way to cure disease?
Treat the Cause, not the Symptoms
Guess what? Good quality sleep is an excellent treatment for inflammation.
Again, if disease is caused by imbalance, then restoring balance should restore health. But modern medicine deals with symptoms, not the cause itself. Therefore, by getting to the cause of the disease, many, if not all, diseases could possibly be cured without medicine. Or, are there man made drugs that do restore balance?
Allow me to rant a bit here. And I speak only for myself. But I wonder if entities that stand to make a lot of money selling drugs for diseases are censoring information that prove natural forms of treatment are more effective than modern medicine?
In either case, here’s a list of foods that affect inflammation.
Foods that promote inflammation
Pasteurized dairy products, red meat, refined carbohydrates, sugar.
Foods that reduce inflammation
1-Fiber, Fruits, and Vegetables.
2-Garlic is good because it has a high sulfur content, and sulfur inhibits inflammation.
3-Herbal teas, including green tea which has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
In addition to this acupuncture can effectively treat stress. And studies also show that moderate physical activity does reduce inflammation as well.
We saw how poor sleep causes stress, stress causes inflammation, and inflammation causes disease. Now if inflammation is the cause of all disease, including premature aging, then a good night’s sleep can keep you healthier. Remember, it’s all about balance. Too much or too little of a good thing becomes a bad thing.
Therefore if inflammation is the common denominator of all diseases, including aging And if inflammation is an imbalance, then restoring balance, not medicine, is the key to curing disease.
And one of the ways to restore balance is to get good quality sleep.
So, what do you think are some good ways to restore balance? Or do you think it’s more involved than that? And can modern medicine really restore balance?
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