This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Do your body a huge favor and go to bed early enough tonight, and every night after that

People are chronically sleep-deprived. Sometimes the reason is lifestyle – full time jobs or parenting – but sometimes the underlying causes are chronic pain or other health conditions.

An estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sleep is tied to every organ system in the body. So if you deprive your body of it, it won’t function properly. It’s not just about the total amount; it’s also about the stages of sleep.

Each of the phases, REM (usually 25 percent of the total night) and NON-REM, need to be present to a certain percent in order to have restful sleep, Dr. Michael Marino, Medical Director of Geisinger Sleep Labs, says.

What people who don’t get enough sleep should do is write down they typical days, Dr. Marino says. That includes work, meals, exercise, and bedtime. “Then we’d look at their sleep hours and see what we can improve,” he adds. “Priorities will have to be set.

The ideal amount of sleep is a range – usually between 6 and 9 hours. Some people feel great after sleeping for 6 hours, other require longer. “But if you sleep 9 hours and still wake up tired, you may require an evaluation,” Dr. Marino says.

There is such thing as “sleeping too much.” If you wake up and feel refreshed, but decide to get another hour of sleep, you trigger another cycle of sleep, Dr. Marino says. “And if you wake up in the middle of it, you break the cycle, which is why you wake up feeling fatigues, even though you slept 10 hours.”

Click here to see the 25 things that happen to your sleep-deprived body

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