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6 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

The average number of hours of sleep you need in a day is 7 to 9 hours. Some people, of course, may function well with a lesser amount.

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However, skipping sleep night after night can take its toll on your health. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, depression and obesity.

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One of the first things that will happen is that you will always feel hungry. Since the brain will not get energy from having enough rest, then it will make up for it in other ways. You are likely to develop cravings for fatty and sugary things. The hunger hormone or ghrelin is active when you are not getting enough sleep.

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One of the first things that will happen is that you will always feel hungry. Since the brain will not get energy from having enough rest, then it will make up for it in other ways. You are likely to develop cravings for fatty and sugary things. The hunger hormone or ghrelin is active when you are not getting enough sleep.

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Naturally, if you have been indulging in sweet and fatty foods, weight gain is the next obvious side effect from sleep deprivation. It can also slow down your metabolism when you don't get the right amount of sleep.

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Behaviour is affected as well when you are sleep deprived. This not only means being unable to say no to pigging out or overindulging in foods and drinks, but also saying things that are totally uncharacteristic of you. Sleep deprivation makes you uninhibited.

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Lack of sleep can also affect your memory because you are too tired to process one. It can have an impact on your ability to make decisions. Time management and decision-making are difficult to carry out when you are tired and lack sleep.

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Lack of sleep can also affect your memory because you are too tired to process one. It can have an impact on your ability to make decisions. Time management and decision-making are difficult to carry out when you are tired and lack sleep.

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Neurological function is affected. You might constantly trip or even fall down the stairs. You become too tired to focus on what you are doing and where you are going.

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Emotions are out of control. You become grouchy, irritable and become very sensitive. You might cry very easily or snap at someone without justified reason.

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Another sign is that you get sick more often since your immune system is weakened by the lack of sleep. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to catch a cold than those who receive at least 8 hours of sleep a day.

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Another sign is that you get sick more often since your immune system is weakened by the lack of sleep. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to catch a cold than those who receive at least 8 hours of sleep a day.

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