Surprising Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

young man confused memoryIf you’re anything like most Americans, then you probably get around six hours of sleep each night. Although most of us can just gulp down a cup of coffee and go about our day, there are a handful of health issues that come along with being sleep deprived. We’re talking lower life expectancy and greater risks for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but that’s not even the half of it! Read on to learn more about how sleep deprivation takes a toll on your overall well-being.

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1. Weight gain

Do you ever notice how when you’re tired, you tend to reach for salty potato chips, sweets and other junk foods? That’s because lack of sleep affects the hormones ghrelin and leptin, which are responsible for regulating hunger and stimulating your appetite.