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Doctor insights on: Does A Lack Of Sleep Lead To Anemia

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Does a lack of sleep lead to anemia?

Does a lack of sleep lead to anemia?

No: Both lack of sleep and anemia can lead to feeling tired and fatigued. Anemia is caused by either blood loss, cell destruction or insufficient production. In women, iron deficiency anemia and excessive bleeding during menstruation are the most common causes. Lack of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 also cause a different form of anemia. There are also genetic diseases that result in anemia. ...Read more

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Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

Sleep deprivation is when either consciously or unconsciously you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically in adult normal time is 6-8 hours. There are some people that require more (> 10 hours). Sleep deprivation can take another form in the type of selective deprivation such as rem sleep deprivation. Typically this may be med induced or ...Read more


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Can lack of sleep be bad for my anemia?

Can lack of sleep be bad for my anemia?

More tired: Lack of sleep will not affect your anemia- it will not do anything with the level of your hemoglobin. Lack of sleep, however, will make you more tired-especially if you already feel tired to beign with because of your anemia. ...Read more

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Does lack of sleep lead to increased appetite?

Does lack of sleep lead to increased appetite?

See below: What we know so far is that lack of sleep is associated with obesity. This is related to increase appetite and decreased physical activity due to fatigue. There are also several hormonal pathways altered with the lack of sleep that are being studied recently. The circadian rhythm (the one which tell us whether to be awake or sleep) has been recently linked to obesity with new promising medications. ...Read more

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Might the body eventually adapt to a lack of sleep?

Might the body eventually adapt to a lack of sleep?

No, you need sleep: Your body needs a certain amount of sleep to function optimally. This amount varies from person to person but it falls between 7 hours and 9 hours in most people. Less than 6.5 hours of sleep per night is sleep deprivation and can have negative effects on your health. Your body does not adapt to sleep deprivation. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more