This interactive map shows how sleep deprivation affects your body

Have you ever felt moody and irritable, finding it difficult to concentrate at work, and have a general feeling of tiredness? This may well have to do with your sleeping habits!

7 to 9 hours is the recommended time to sleep at night. Sleep is a habit, just like healthy eating and exercising are habits. While everyone misses a few hours of sleep every now and again, chronic lack of sleep is part of an unhealthy lifestyle and the long-term effects of sleep deprivation can put both your mental and physical health at serious risk.

Lack of sleep can cause significant changes in the body and increases your risk for health concerns such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, type 2 diabetes and respiratory infections such as the cold and flu.

Whereas the recommended hours of sleep will help you manage your appetite, your immune system function and your memory approve. The body map created by Healthline below indicates exactly which health problems are most closely related to being sleep deprived.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body

Are you among the many people that are getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night? Try and following some of these tips to help you sleep longer:

Exercise regularly: Being active during the day can help you fall sleep quicker at night. Make sure there is enough time to rest between your work-out and going to bed, and exercise can help you have a more restful sleep.

Avoid stimulants: Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks, eating chocolate, smoking and alcohol at least 4 hours before going to bed, as they will disrupt your sleep or could keep you awake for hours!

Schedule your bedtime: Try and go to bed and wake up the same time every day of the week. It may be tempting to sleep longer on the weekends, but a regular sleep-wake cycle will help you feel more rested.

Getting enough sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s investing in a new mattress, setting an alarm on the weekends or enforcing habits such as taking a warm bath before bedtime, you can take many simple steps to help you get your well-needed 7 hours of rest!

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