If you’re like most, you try to cheat sleep every once in a while. It happens to the best of us, but those instances don’t come without consequences. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system falters and you become more vulnerable to colds and infections.
Your body also stockpiles calories when you don’t get enough sleep, which is why many studies connect obesity with sleep deprivation. Your memory fails as well when you don’t get enough sleep. If you don’t rest enough, your brain doesn’t have adequate time to process memories. Habitually sleeping less than seven hours a night affects your heart as well. It increases your risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease.
Lastly, you tend to worry too much when you don’t get enough sleep and are more likely to have trouble ridding negative thoughts from your mind.