Diseases That Can Be Caused By A Lack Of This One Thing

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Are you a Type A personality? Do you just go, go, go all day, half the night, erroneously believing that you can “get by” just fine on five or six hours of sleep?

You might not think that skimping on a little sleep is all that important, but it is SO much more important than the housework, homework, or office work that you are trying to catch up on. Pulling a late nighter occasionally is probably okay, but constantly skimping on sleep greatly increasing your risk of certain diseases.

Lack of sleep can cause some pretty serious health problems as well. You might have already noticed some of the major warning signs that your body is seriously sleep deprived:

  • Irritability
  • Memory lapses
  • Decreased creativity
  • Lowered immune system
  • Increased heart rate variability
  • Increased reaction time
  • Aches and pains
  • Decreased levels of accuracy
  • Tremors
  • Symptoms of ADHD
  • Cognitive impairment

You might not have made the connection between these symptoms and a lack of sleep but if you regularly get less than seven hours a night, you should.

Let’s take a look at the six diseases that often have their start in a lack of sleep.


1. Breast Cancer

Most people who have fought and won the fight against breast cancer know that this disease can reappear (and may have had its start) in a lack of sleep. Your body needs rest in order to repair cells and remove cells that are old or mutated. Insufficient sleep means these cells stay in your body and can mutate further, possibly leading to cancer.

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