20 Ways Sleep Deprivation Ruins Your Health

Sick, tired, and can't seem to shed those extra pounds? A lack of sleep could be to blame.
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Getting a good night's sleep is one of the best feelings in the world. When we wake up refreshed from a night of uninterrupted sleep, we feel motivated, healthy, and ready to take on the world. However, when we get poor quality sleep or just don't log enough hours in bed, every part of our lives can suffer. 

Unfortunately, many of us are getting inadequate sleep without even realizing it. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are getting less sleep than in the past. In fact, 40 percent of Americans are getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, over an hour less than we were getting seventy years ago. While, for some, the main symptom of a lack of sleep is—wait for it—sleepiness, long-term sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health issues affecting everything from your concentration to your waistline. If you feel like those sleepless nights are catching up to you, discover these 20 ways sleep deprivation is ruining your health. And when you want to enjoy the restful sleep you deserve, start with The 42 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep