10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Lose Sleep

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3. Your cancer risk increases.

Cancer Risk

Shortened sleep is associated with higher rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer, according to the AASM’s sleep statement. Overnight shift workers may take the brunt of this burden. The good news is that both men and women who slept seven or more hours per night had the best mortality rates in the group.

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