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Lack of Sleep? Insomnia? The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation Part 2

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Tossing and turning at night? Waking up exhausted? You're not alone.

Sleep deprivation is more serious than most people think. Not getting enough rest doesn't only lead to fatigue during the day, but it can have serious effects on your overall health.

We have had to break up the list of health concerns because it was just so long! If you missed Part One, click here. Now read on to learn why getting enough sleep is essential:

Decrease in emotional intelligence.  Lack of sleep can be reflective in personal emotional damage. A person who does not get enough sleep can find difficulties to connect and read the feelings of others, including family, friends and colleagues, which may turn out to have serious consequences.

Weakening of the immune system.  It is well known that when you are sick you need to rest a lot and let your immune system do its work, but the immune system's ability is a two-way street. It means that if rest is working better to speed up the healing process, restlessness hurts its abilities and leaves our body vulnerable to disease.

Permanent damage to the skin. Lack of sleep causes the body to release excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. One of the actions of this hormone is breaking down the collagen in the skin, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and supple.

Increases the risk of diabetes. Many studies have shown that lack of sleep increases the body's resistance to insulin, which can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. 

And guess what? There's more where these came from. Look out for the rest of the conditions lack of enough sleep can cause tomorrow.

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