14 Effects of Stress on the Body
More than half of the population – 77 percent – experience regular physical symptoms caused by stress, statistics show. 33 percent feel like they are living with extreme stress and 48 percent feel their stress has increased over the past five years.
The most common causes of stress include relationships, money, job pressure, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition. If you are experiencing one or more of these causes, it may be time to reevaluate your physical health.[slideshow:99144]
“When we have an abundance of emotional and physical stress in our lives we also have a diminished functioning immune system,” Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, says. “This is because our mind influences all glands and systems including the immune system.”
Stress can also cause insomnia, which leads to IBS and a poor functioning immune system, Rogers says. “If that isn’t enough, being sleep deprived [causes] the body to produce more stress hormones. Because of this, chronic insomnia is associated with an increased risk for heart disease,” she adds.