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This Is What Less Than 6 Hours Sleep Can Do To Your Body

This Is What Less Than 6 Hours Sleep Can Do To Your Body

Think you're cool for staying up late and getting no sleep? Think again! It turns out getting less than six hours sleep a night raises your chance of an early death by 12 per cent.

Yes, trying to impress your mates with all-nighters could allegedly lead to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

'Lack of sleep is a growing problem," Lisa Artis of the British Sleep Council (an actual thing) said. 'Firstly people don't place enough importance on sleep and the health benefits being well-rested can have.

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'Secondly, unlike a lot of well understood life changes such as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, sleep isn't really on the agenda.

'Unlike diet sleep is a hard thing to regiment and a whole number of factors such as having small children, having other health issues and environmental factors can all disturb sleep patterns.

Having the odd rough-night is no harm, but research claims that continuous wink-less naps increase stress levels, which nobody wants. They can also intensify your heart rate and raise blood pressure.

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Public Health England is now encouraging nocturnal seshheads to sleep more, to stop people from going into cardiac arrest before they get white hair.

In a document released last month, PHE said: 'Only around 20-30 per cent of what we think of as "ageing" is biological; the rest is "decay" or "deterioration", which can be actively managed or prevented.

'The years between ages 40 and 60 are thus a unique but neglected opportunity for intervention.'

Words by Josh Teal

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Josh Teal

Josh Teal is a journalist at LADbible. He has contributed to the 'Knowing Me, Knowing EU' and 'UOKM8?' campaigns interviewing everyone from student drug dealers to climate change activists.