Staying Up Late Affects the Body More Than You Know

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According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, staying up late will hurt the health of the body over the long term. (Image: Ocusfocus via Dreamstime)

Do you know that staying up late and going to sleep late is bad for your body? In fact, several studies have pointed out that going to sleep late will impact the body’s quality of sleep and affect the diet and the brain’s ability to make judgments, thus causing a combination of consequences. So over a long period of time, it will naturally hurt the health of the body. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the 24-hour “body clock” reflects different functions of internal organs. There is an appropriate time segment for each organ and that is when it is believed to work at its best. 

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Regularly staying up late will cause a number of issues  

Reduced immunity 

If you often stay up late, you will be tired and mentally weak. The body’s immunity will begin to decline, bringing great harm to the body. During sleep, the immune system can be restored. That’s why staying up late for many nights means that peoples’ physiques will be affected. The body will be invaded by wind and cold, but will also appear to be sweating more as the constitution declines. 

Headaches 

People who stay up late for a long time will experience headaches when they wake up the next day, and whether they have to study or go about their working day, they will find it difficult to concentrate. These are the after-effects of staying up late. 

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People who stay up late for a long time will experience headaches when they wake up the next day. (Image: Fizkes via Dreamstime)

Skin problems 

People who stay up late will have dry skin, dark spots, and acne problems. Because a person stays up late for a long time, the liver and gallbladder need to “work overtime”, resulting in no rest for these organs. This will be seen directly in the skin. At the same time, the prolonged late nights will also lead to a dull complexion.  

Reduced fertility 

Staying up late will also affect fertility, because staying up late will affect the regular endocrine system. In addition, some women who stay up late have irregular menstruation, further leading to infertility symptoms. 

Memory loss 

The sympathetic nerves are in a state of excitement during the day, but the sympathetic nerves should be in a state of rest at night. This is because if you do not sleep at this time, it will keep the sympathetic nerves in a condition of excitement, which will naturally lead to memory loss. 

Injury to the heart 

Staying up late for a long time will lead to an insufficient blood supply to the heart. The heart is at its peak between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. According to TCM, excessive emotions can also manifest along with chest pain and palpitations. Untreated, it can indicate heart disease, and if severe, it may also lead to sudden death.  

Staying up late for a long time will lead to an insufficient blood supply to the heart.
Staying up late for a long time will lead to an insufficient blood supply to the heart. (Image: Alexander Raths via Dreamstime)

Liver function is damaged 

The liver needs to detoxify at night, usually between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. If the liver is not allowed to rest properly, the liver function will be affected and toxins will not be discharged from the body. 

Increased risk of cancer 

Staying up late can disrupt the hormonal balance of endocrine secretions, causing abnormal cell metabolism and affecting human cell division. 

It would be best to regulate the diet, drink more water or herbal tea and take more vitamins. According to TCM, acupuncture or herbal therapy can help regulate the body’s systems along with a regular bedtime routine.

Translated by Eva

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