10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Lose Sleep

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Not getting enough sleep can lower your sex drive, weaken your immune system, cause thinking issues, and lead to weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of certain cancers, diabetes, and even car accidents.

If you find yourself part of this no-sleep category, you’re not the only one. Approximately 1 in 3 American adults isn’t getting enough sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Here are the details of what happens to your body when you don’t log enough hours under the covers.

1. You get sick.

Awake and Sick

Losing sleep can impair your body’s ability to fight off illness. This makes it easier to get sick. Researchers even uncovered a reciprocal relationship between sleep and your immune system. You may lose additional sleep while your body fights off a bug if you get sick and haven’t had enough shut-eye.

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