YOUR BODY ON LACK OF SLEEP
If you regularly miss the 7-hour mark, morning crankiness is the least of your worries. Her are six good reasons to put away the tablet/iphone/whatever is keeping you up and hit the sheets.
Weight Gain—Sleeping fewer than 6 hours ups obesity risk by 30%. One study found that women who slept fewer than 5 hours ate 330 more calories the next day.
Poor Immunity—People who sleep fewer than seven hours are nearly 3 times more likely to catch a cold.
Diabetes—Skimping on deep sleep can reduce the body’s sensitivity to insulin, upping your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Brain Fog—Missing out on as few as 1 ½ hours of sleep can reduce daytime alertness by up to 32%. (But you knew that one already)
Lousy Heart Health—Getting 6 or fewer hours of shut eye over the long term increases your risk of developing or dying of heart disease by 48%.
Blood Pressure Problems—Snoozing just 6 hours a night makes you 20% more likely to develop high blood pressure.