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How much sleep you need is going to be different for each person. Usually it is somewhere between eight and twelve hours, but what you need and what other people need might not be the same.

However much sleep your body needs, not getting enough can have a range of effects on how you feel.

Not Yourself

If you don’t manage to get the sleep your body needs, it can leave you not only feeling really tired, but bad-tempered and fed up.

You might not feel like yourself and be a bit low. How much sleep you get can really affect your mental health, and the way you cope with things. If you don’t get enough sleep over a longer period of time, you could end up feeling depressed.

Girl sleeping in bed

It’s going to make concentrating harder too, because you can’t focus on things as well as you could if you’d slept well. Your concentration will be lower than it normally is.

No Sleep, More Snacks

If you haven’t managed to get enough sleep, it can even make a difference to what you eat. When you are tired, your body needs more energy to keep doing everything. This might mean that you choose unhealthy foods with lots of sugar to give you a boost and make you feel better. It can also make you think that you want to eat more than you need to.

More sleep can also help you build and keep a good immune system. It gives time for your body to repair and strengthen itself, and means you’ll be able to fight off nasty bugs.

What Happens If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

What Happens If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?


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