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Find out what your lack of sleep is doing to your health

by , 12 December 2013

Sleep deprivation is no joke. Your health is taking a serious knock if you're not getting enough sleep. If you're frequently feeling foggy, read on to find out how important it is to change your habits and finally get enough sleep.

Find out what five health implications your lack of sleep has. 
 
1. Accidents caused by lack of sleep.
 
Did you know that many serious accidents happen after people fall asleep behind the wheel? Even closing your eyes for a few seconds while driving could be the cause of an accident. 
 
See how important it is that you stop regularly on long journeys and you swap driving with someone else in the car?
 
2. Is your lack of sleep leaving you feeling dumb?
 
The process of learning and remembering has a lot to do with sleep. You’re not only less likely to absorb information when you’re exhausted, broken sleep will hamper the sorting of the info, so this will probably render the info useless. 
 
3. Serious health problems are a major factor of sleep deprivation
 
Your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes all increase when you don’t get enough sleep.
 
4. Your libido takes a knock
 
With low energy levels, and increased tension, it’s no wonder you libido levels are low!
 
5. Weight gain
 
Less sleep is associated with an increase in appetite and hunger. You’re also more likely to get up and munch something if you can’t sleep. 
 
Sleeplessness and weight gain could be leading you down a road of serious health issues like heart failure and diabetes
 
Break your bad sleep habits and save your health
 
· Set a regular bed time and go to bed at the same time every night. Stick it out until it becomes a habit.
· Nap if you have lost hours of sleep.
· Be smart about napping. Nap in the middle of the day or in the early afternoon for short periods. 
· Don’t let yourself fall asleep after dinner. Keep yourself busy until bed time.
· Wake up at the same time every day, weekdays and weekends alike. Your body needs a routine, so stick to it!
 
When you start sleeping better, you’ll be happier and healthier. No matter how frustrating it may be, try and make every effort to better your sleep routine so you can reap the benefits and improve your health. 
 

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