4 Things Happening To Your Body On Less Than 6 Hours Of Sleep

Time to get more sleep!

May 15, 2019

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I already know that I don't get wnough sleep and I also know that it's not good for me. But now that I know exactly what it's doing to my brain, it's time to truly make an effort to get more sleep! So, if you're like me and average 5-6 hours of sleep a night instead of the recommended 7-9, this is what it's doing to your brain and body!


1.  On less than 6 hours of sleep, you get distracted more easily.  According to the Huffington Post, your brain is constantly looking for distractions to keep you awake, which makes it harder for you to focus.  To you, it might seem like you're really good at multi-tasking, but you really just need more sleep.


2.  Have you noticed you're more anxious?  A study at Berkeley had volunteers go a full night without sleep.  After that, their anxiety levels were 30% higher than normal.  For half of them, it was on par with having an anxiety disorder.


3.  With less sleep, you'll have a shorter fuse.  In a study last year, people who got an average of four-and-a-half hours of sleep were more likely to be annoyed by little things, like the lawnmowing neighbor.  A separate study found it also makes you less patient with your co-workers.



4.  You'll take bigger risks.  A study in 2017 had guys between 18 - 28 go a week on five hours of sleep per night.  Then they put them in a scenario where they got to gamble and they were much more likely to place high-risk bets.


So, what can you do if you don't get more than 6 hours of sleep? Experts say get some sun, take breaks to stretch and move around, drink coffee in moderation and if possible, take a 20-minute nap.  That's just enough to make a difference without feeling groggy when you wake up.