Three reasons why stress is bad for you!

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 21:10

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Every human being experiences stress, which is a normal part of life. But, long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems.

Stress can be termed as the body's reaction to any change that requires adjustment and response. In other words, stress is a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our mental or physical equilibrium.

Below are three reasons why stress is bad for your health:

Sleep disorder: Stress can give you sleepless nights. Your body cannot relax and go to rest when you think of something stressful while lying on the bed. Hence, anxiety is one of the main causes of insomnia and sleep problems.

Weakens immune system: Stress affects the immune system in different ways. The immune system protects the body against infections and diseases. However, disorders of the immune system can give rise to autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer. It can also slows down your recovery process from illness.

Infertility: Chronic stress can contribute to infertility. Research has revealed that stress can make women infertile. Researchers found that women with high levels of a stress hormone stop ovulating, making them unable to conceive. Women with hectic jobs are considered to be at most risk as they are often in denial about the stress in their lives.



First Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 19:08

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