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5 effects of sleep deprivation on your body

By Louisa Sowah
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Sleep deprivation may have a lot of negative effects on your health.

Doctors say adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep a day. But if you can't allow your body to rest, know that the following are some of the effects:

The immune system

Sleep deprivation might lead to an increased risk of infections that take longer to heal and respiratory illnesses.


Lack of sleep may have an impact on the generation of hormones that promote reproduction

Skin ageing

When you don't get enough sleep, your body produces extra cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Cortisol, in high doses, can degrade skin collagen, a protein that maintains skin smooth and elastic.

Heart attack and stroke

Sleep deprivation increases the risk of deadly cardiovascular disorders including heart attacks and strokes. Lack of sleep, according to doctors and experts, may disturb the portions of the brain that regulate the circulatory system or cause disease, which increases the risk of a blood clot forming.

Digestive system

Sleep deprivation, in addition to eating too much and not exercising, is a risk factor for being overweight or obese. Sleep influences the levels of two hormones that regulate appetite and fullness, leptin and ghrelin.