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What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Body

By Isadora Baum, February 25, 2020

Extended sleep deprivation can put you at higher risk for a heart attack, he adds. That’s not just due to the risk of elevated cortisol and elevated blood pressure; it’s also because sleep deprivation can make you gain weight, adding stress to all your body’s systems. When people lose significant sleep, “people often crave carbohydrates more. Sleep-deprived lab mice always tend to gain weight,” says Dimitriu.

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