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Six health risks of being sleep deprived

Getting enough sleep may be as important to your health as regular exercise and a healthy diet. 

Here are six ways your health may suffer if you don’t get enough sleep.  

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Six health risks of being sleep deprived

A lack of sleep doesn’t just make you tired—it can affect your health.

  1. Weight gain
    Your metabolism and appetite regulation changes, making it easier to gain weight.
  2. Diabetes
    Your cells become less responsive to insulin, affecting blood sugar levels and potentially increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes.
  3. Heart disease
    Chronic lack of sleep may increase your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.
  4. Immune function
    Your ability to fight infection may be weakened, making you more vulnerable to everyday illnesses like the common cold.
  5. Sex drive
    Lack of sleep causes low energy, sleepiness and fatigue that can decrease your interest in sex.
  6. Depression
    Insomnia and lack of sleep can affect your mood and increases the risk of depression.

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