Many common chronic and acute health conditions are linked to a lack of sleep. In some cases, difficulty sleeping can be both a risk factor and a side effect of a disease.
It is well documented that lack of sleep increases the risk of disease and poor health.
Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke have all been linked to insufficient sleep as a contributing risk factor. (3)
At the same time, existing conditions such as heart disease, sleep apnea, chronic pain, and cancer can disrupt the body’s normal sleep rhythm and prevent quality rest. (3) Treatments for many chronic health conditions also interfere with the sleep cycle and cause sleep disruptions. (3)
Battling a chronic or acute illness is fatiguing in and of itself. When your body is investing energy in mounting an immune response, there is less energy available for other things. Of course, we all know this is normal when we get a cold or the flu. However, when faced with a chronic illness, acknowledging the toll it takes on your energy is essential.