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Could lack of sleep be threatening YOUR health?! Here are 9 reasons how…

Here at Koala HQ, you may have guessed that we're a tad sleep obsessed. We talk about it non-stop, write about it, tweet about it, whisper about it, and sometimes... even dream about it. 

We all know that sleep is incredibly important to our health and wellbeing, but did you know that legitimate sleep deprivation could be putting your life at risk?!

Let's face it - at one time in our lives we've all celebrated sleepless nights and shouted 'SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK' after pulling an all-nighter for an exam or party. Don't worry, it's not too late to redeem your sleep pattern! We've realised that this is not the case, and that a decent night of sleep can actually allow us to perform better, work harder and achieve our goals.

If you are sleep deprived (meaning you're continually getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night), you may not realise it, but you are putting yourself at risk.

Here are 9 reasons why sleep deprivation could actually be killing you: 

1. Increased risk of car accidents: without a proper night of sleep your reaction time is
delayed and the chances of getting into a car accident increases. Currently statistics
show us that 37%of car accidents are due to sleep deprivation, and this number is only rising.

2. Increased accidents at work or around the house: not getting a good night of sleep
makes you more prone to making a mistake or clumsy accidents. Scarily, sleep
deprivation can have the same effect as having a blood alcohol reading of 0.05-0.1.

3. Increased risk of diabetes and obesity: a lack of sleep negatively effects your blood
sugar levels and also increases your feelings of hunger. This can lead to overeating or
craving sugary sweets that then lead to diabetes and obesity.

4. Increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease: a lack of sleep can
raise your blood pressure levels and speed along the incidence of cardiovascular

5. Increased risk of osteoporosis: studies have shown that sleep deprivation can
negatively affect your bone density and lead to the onset of osteoporosis.

6. Reduced athletic performance: without adequate sleep your body is not able to
perform at its optimum, leaving you prone to stiff and aching joints, weight gain and
reduced strength and flexibility.

7. Decreased immunity: sleep deprivation decreases your body’s ability to fight off
disease which means that you are more likely to catch coughs, colds, flus and other

8. Contributes to premature ageing: during sleep your body restores and heals itself,
but without adequate sleep, your body begins to age a lot quicker and is less likely to
heal as fast.

9. Advances chronic and autoimmune diseases: because sleep deprivation reduces the body’s immune response and increases inflammation, it can also cause a worsening
of chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

So next time you're thinking about pulling an all-nighter, think again. It'll hinder your ability to produce decent work, enjoy a party or just be healthy. Make sleep a priority and your body will thank you for it.

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