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Effects of sleep deprivation a real problem

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Sleep deprivation is a real problem for a lot of people. 

We deal with it day in and day out. 

What might surprise you is the effect it's having on your body not just overtime -- but after one night. 

After One Night You're:

-Hungrier and apt to eat more and likely to choose unhealthy and high carb options for meals.

-More likely to have an accident if you got 6 or fewer hours of sleep last night.  It triples the risk of an accident according to the national sleep foundation.

-Not looking your best - people who are tired are seen as less approachable, less attractive and the problem only gets worse over time. Long term deprivation is linked to skin aging.

-More likely to catch a cold.

-Losing brain tissue. It was a small study done in the Journal Sleep that noticed blood levels of two brain molecules that increased after one bad night of sleep. Those levels usually rise after brain damage.

-More likely to get emotional

-Less focused and memory problems.

After A While Your:

-Stroke risk quadruples if getting fewer than six hours a night

-Obesity risk jumps - less than six hours of sleep over time was tied to an increase in Ghrelin and Leptin, the two appetite controlling hormones.

-Risk of some cancers may increase with again less than six hours a night colorectal and some aggressive breast cancers.

-Diabetes risk goes up

-Heart disease risk goes up

-Sperm count decreases - a 2013 study showed those with high levels of sleep disturbances had a 29 percent lower sperm count..

-Risk of death. A sleep study looking at more than 1700 men and women over 10 to 14 years found mean who slept fewer than six hours had a significant increase in their mortality risk.

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