Most of us know that a good night’s sleep is healthy; therefore we sleep more seriously? Many times, we brush aside a full night’s sleep due to our busy schedules, a need for “down-time” that keeps us up, But a lack of sleep can result in more than just feeling tired (which is bad enough). Medical experts warn that lack of sleep can have serious effects on your health.

Here are some health problems that may result from a lack of sleep.

Cancer

While not all cancer risks are affected by lack of sleep, studies have indicated that breast and colon cancer risk is greatest for those who work night shifts. Apparently, the exposure to light in the night-time hours reduces the body’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is a brain chemical that helps promote healthy sleep, but it may also reduce tumors and protect against cancer as well.

Heart Attacks

Statistically, heart attacks occur more often in the early morning hours. Studies have shown that the health problems that often lead to heart disease – obesity, high blood pressure, etc. – are exacerbated by lack of sleep.

Unhealthy Relationships

Without sleep, you tend to be moody and irritable, which is not good for any relationship. Also, sleep problems may lead to partners sleeping separately, This kind of tension may affect any children in the family as well.

Impaired Cognition

An inability to think straight or think constructively is a problem associated with sleep deprivation. You may have trouble remembering things, too, if you are not getting enough sleep.

Injury

From automobile accidents to accidents on the job, sleep deprivation has been implicated in all sorts of accidental injury situations. The brain just does not react as quickly or efficiently when you are starved of sleep, and clumsiness and mistakes are also symptoms associated with lack of sleep (and accidents).