40 Troubling Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Hurt You

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When people get busy with work and life obligations, one of the first things that usually suffers the most is someone’s sleep schedule. Studies have shown that adults need 9 hours of sleep, but very few people actually get that much shut-eye. These are 30 things that can happen to you if you are suffering from sleep deprivation.

Losing sleep may mean you have a higher risk of cancer. Credit: Shutterstock

40. Increase Your Risk of Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, night shift hospital workers had an increased risk of cancer compared to people with a traditional 9-5 schedule. According to the study, “Exposure to light at night suppresses the physiologic production of melatonin, a hormone that has antiproliferative effects on intestinal cancers.” It also increases the potential for women to get breast cancer.

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