In our busy and demanding lives, it can be difficult to find time for the recommended eight hours of sleep.
And while many of us put off going to bed for various reasons, ranging from our nightly Netflix binge to browsing social media, every single one of us really appreciates a good night's sleep.
And there's a very good reason for that: sleep, and enough of it, is very good for us.
Yes, I know you've already heard this a million of times before, but you've probably only heard the glass half full version.
The glass half full version goes a little like this: getting a decent amount of sleep will make you more alert, it'll make you more productive and it'll do wonders for maintaining your physical health.
But here's the glass half empty version: not getting enough sleep will increase your risk of developing cancer, Alzheimer's and depression.
And to drain that half-empty glass even further, there are many more risks that you should know about.
Here are 11 awful things that could happen to you if you consistently miss out on a good night's sleep.
1. Deadly conditions related to long-term lack of sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation could eventually lead to any of the following:
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure