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What Happens When You Don't Sleep

The Scary Things That Happen When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleeping is one of those things that we all say we're going to do more of . . . and then never actually do. But it's a more serious problem than you think. While we were getting serious about drinking more water and adding more sleep to our schedules, we began to wonder what would happen if we didn't follow through. We know what happens when you don't drink water (it's scary), but what about when you don't sleep?

As it turns out, the effects can be crazy serious — and weight gain isn't even the worst of it.

Milder Effects

In the earlier stages, you'll experience effects like:

Severe Effects

When you consistently don't get enough sleep, it takes a serious toll on your body — it can even lead to death.

Symptoms of Fatigue

Before you notice the effects of skipping zzzs, you'll likely notice these symptoms that may be indicators you have a serious problem.

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  • Tiredness (seems obvious, but . . . )
  • Headaches
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Aches, chills, or muscle soreness
  • Loss of appetite or nausea
  • Unusual irritability, moodiness
  • Physical fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Blurred vision
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