7 Things That Happen if You Don't Get Enough Sleep ...


I work an overnight shift once a month, and as a result have been researching things that happen if you don’t get enough sleep, on a frequent basis. I understand that it’s not good to have a sleep deficit during the week and then sleep 12 hours at the weekend to compensate either, so there has to be a balance. It's also all about quality too instead of quantity; everyone's experienced those awful nights tossing and turning, haven't they? Sleep is definitely a function of the body that helps us feel better and scientists are still trying to determine precisely why we need to sleep, but the general consensus seems to be related to the fact that our brain cells need to rest and restore themselves so that our bodies can function at their prime. Anyway, here are some horrible things that happen if you don’t get enough sleep.

1. Lowered Immunity

One of the things that happen if you don't get enough sleep is your body starts to get weaker and break down. I don’t know about you, but I start to feel ill if I don’t rest sufficiently each night. I wish I could survive on 5 hours a sleep, but research proves that those who get less than 7 hours of shut-eye a night (for two consecutive weeks), are more at risk of getting ill, than those who sleep a full 8 hours each night. Even if it’s one night of sleeplessness per month (which it is in my case), it can still impede your body’s ability to fight against natural air-borne micro-organisms.

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