Adults are supposed to get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. Failure to get more than six hours of sleep in a day can lead to serious health problems.

It also poses various psychological problems.

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Here are 10 things that happen to your body when you don't get enough sleep.

1. It hurts your metabolism

It can lead to a lack of ideal metabolic function. It can make you feel hungrier than usual and lead to over eating.

2. Slows brain function

Studies show that lack of enough sleep has the same effect as being drunk.

3. Weight gain

Failure to get enough sleep can boost weight gain.

4. Slurred speech

This is due to the slowed brain function.

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5. Hand tremors

Your hands shake due to hormone fluctuations.

6. Reduced threshold for seizures

If you don't get enough sleep you're more susceptible to seizures

7. Higher sensitivity

If you're sleep deprived, you feel pain more acutely.

8. Growth impediment

Failure to get enough sleep in children leads to impeded growth as the production of the growth hormone is disrupted.

9. Impaired glucose tolerance

This increases risk of diabetes.

10. Increased risk of chronic illness

Such as cancer and alzheimers.