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You Don't Snooze, You Lose ... a Lot

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If you feel like you're losing your mind from Baby keeping you up all night, you would be right. A startling infographic posted on Huffington Post based on a sleep study released last year, reveals just how detrimental losing even an hour of sleep a night can be.

Apparently even after just one night of bad sleep you're:

  • More likely to catch a cold. A Carnegie Mellon study revealed that getting less than seven hours of shut eye a night tripled your risk of catching a cold due to a weakened immune system.
  • Hungrier, and as a result, will eat more. And not just any food. Studies have shown that those who don't sleep enough tend to load up on high-calorie high carb foods to compensate.
  • Not look your best, or be the friendliest. Something most moms can probably attest to at some point.
  • More likely to have an accident. Did you know that sleeping less than six hours a night triples your risk for a drowsy driving accident? That's right, triples.
  • Losing brain tissue. So that feeling of not being able to remember what you were just about to say, might not just be a feeling.

After a while of sleep deprivation - something many moms can relate to - your risk of the following ailments dramatically increases:

  • Stroke - Getting less than six hours of sleep a night can quadruple your risk of a stroke as you get older, according to a study presented at the 2012 SLEEP conference.
  • Obesity - Related to the short-term effects above, people who are chronically sleep-deprived experience all sorts of hormonal and appetite regulation changes that cause them to gain more weight than those who get a full night's rest.
  • Cancer - From studies that tie sleep apnea to cancer risk and others linking it to an aggressive form of breast cancer, it's clear that catching enough zzz's is crucial to our long-term health.
  • Diabetes - A 2013 study from the Center for Disease Control links too little (and too much) sleep to several chronic diseases, including diabetes.
  • Heart Disease - According to Francesco Cappuccio, lead researcher of a sleep deprivation study at Warwick Medical School, "If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke."

See the infographic HERE

Just one more thing for us to lose more sleep over, right?

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