A lack of sleep may have various symptoms.

  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Feeling sleepy and irritable during the day
  • Tired when driving
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Need for frequent naps

Also, a recent study indicated that people whose sleep decreased from seven hours to five or fewer hours a night doubled their risk of death. A few of these health risks includes:

  • Heart disease and stroke – Not enough or poor quality sleep may give you a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease, and a 15 percent greater chance of developing or dying from a stroke
  • High blood pressure – In time, a lack of sleep could impact your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes and sleep programs often go hand in hand. Diabetes can cause sleep loss, and there’s evidence that not sleeping well can increase your risk of developing diabetes or make it harder to manage.
  • Obesity – A lack of sleep disrupts hormone balances that seems to be related to an increase in hunger, appetite and craving for high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods, sometimes leading to obesity.

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