10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Break Now (Page 5)

Skimping on Sleep

4. Skimping on Sleep

You know that falling short on sleep is a major no-no, but why—what’s the big deal? Research shows that not getting enough shut-eye can impact a whole slew of things: it can compromise your immune system, your judgment and ability to make decisions (you are also more likely to make mistakes) and your heart health. Being sleep-deprived may fuel depression and make it harder for you to lose weight if you’re dieting—and more likely that you’ll give in to that sweet temptation tomorrow. Aim to get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, although there is no magic number, says the National Sleep Foundation, so listen to your body and try to get the amount of sleep that your body needs to function at its best.

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