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5 negative effects lack of sleep has on your health

negative effects lack of sleep

Sleep is one of the most important bodily functions. Food and sleep work very hard together to keep our bodies working properly. This is why you need to get enough of each. Here are just a few of the ways lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your life. 

1. Sleep loss deters brain function

Sleep is like fuel for your neurons; the less sleep you get, the slower your thinking and learning processes are going to work. Firstly, lack of sleep affects your ability to retain information by attacking your attentiveness and alertness. Then, during REM sleep, your brain isn't able to convert your short-term memory into long-term memory, making going to school or work useless.

2. Chronic sleep deprivation can have long-lasting effects on your health

Studies have shown that those who have trouble sleeping are 90% more likely to have another debilitating health condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke or heart attack.

3. Lack of sleep kills your sex drive

While you're staying up late to get it on, you're actually effecting your ability to keep it up. A lack of interest in participating in sexual activities has been linked to getting less sleep than your body actually needs. Also, lack of sleep can lead to sleep apnea in men, which in turn can lower testosterone levels dramatically.

4. Sleep deprivation can be harmful to the health of your skin

People who have a couple of bad nights of sleep in a row can experience sagging under the eyes or lack of luster in the skin. But if you're consistently getting less than six hours of sleep a night, dark circles and sag in the overall skin of the face can become permanent. 

5. While you're losing sleep, you're actually increasing your chances of gaining weight

When your body isn't getting enough sleep, it resorts to finding other sources of energy, such as food. And not only are you craving food, you're craving food that is high in fat and sugar because your body knows that's what it needs to keep itself going.

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