5 Ways Your Sleep Schedule Is Literally Making You Sick

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Think twice before you pull an all-nighter...

Everyone has sleepless nights or times when they sacrifice zzz's for their work or social life.

But too much sleep deprivation impacts your health. All those bad sleep habits of yours could be actually making you sick. Here's why:

1. Sleep improves your immune system.

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If you’re not sleeping enough, your body won’t be able to fight infections as well. When you sleep, your body releases cytokines which boost your immune system and reduce inflammation.

2. Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain.

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The less you sleep, the more you’ll eat! A lack of sleep is correlated with increased appetite due to the release of the hormone gherlin. This causes you to crave carbs, sugars, and fats.

3. Sleep helps you fight off cancer.

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What better reason to get more sleep than to decrease your chances of getting cancer. A lack of sleep has been proven to cause increased rates of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women.

4. Lack of sleep slows you down.

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There’s a reason why drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving — it can make you feel loopy, impair your judgement, and decrease your reaction times.

5. Sleep helps you retain memories.

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When you sleep and dream your bran is sorting your memories and essentially removing the ones that aren’t that important so you can better retain the more relevant ones.


So what are you waiting for? Hit that snooze button!