40 Troubling Ways Sleep Deprivation Harms People

By Shannon
40 Troubling Ways Sleep Deprivation Harms People

When people get busy with work and life obligations, one of the first things that usually suffers the most is someone’s sleep schedule. Studies have shown that adults need 9 hours of sleep, but very few people actually get that much shut-eye. These are 30 things that can happen to you if you are suffering from sleep deprivation.

Losing sleep may mean you have a higher risk of cancer. Credit: Shutterstock

40. Increase Your Risk of Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, night shift hospital workers had an increased risk of cancer compared to people with a traditional 9-5 schedule. According to the study, “Exposure to light at night suppresses the physiologic production of melatonin, a hormone that has antiproliferative effects on intestinal cancers.” It also increases the potential for women to get breast cancer.