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Lack of Sleep? Insomnia? The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation Part 3

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We've always been tried and true believers in a good night's rest. After all, a little R&R goes a long way for skin and helps us look younger longer.

But beauty sleep isn't only skin deep. If you've missed our list on the dangers of sleep prevention, we hope you were getting a good nap in!

All jokes aside, however, your inability to get enough sleep or chronic insomnia can do serious damage and trigger more health issues. The importance of getting in good solid hours of rest consistently really hits home when you read the list of problems you avoid when your body has time to recharge.

Read up on Part One and Part Two here. Then check out what else poor sleeping habits can cause when it comes to your health:

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. Long story short? Lack of sleep = Bring on the wrinkles!

Neuronal waste. New research created a debate among researchers about the ways in which sleep promotes the removal of "neuronal debris" from the brain. This in turn may affect neurological conditions like MS, Alzeimers and ME.

Decrease in life expectancy. The statistics on this issue are clear: people who sleep less than 6 hours a night have four times the risk of death in the next ten years than people who sleep six hours or more at night.

Heart Disease. Tension and stress caused by lack of sleep triggers the body to release hormones that can cause a heart attack. In fact, people who sleep less than 6 hours a night increase their risk of death by 48% as a result of heart complications later in life.

Ready to hit the hay? Tell what you do to help yourself fall asleep with a note below!

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