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5 Health Risks of Too Little Sleep

Groggy, gravelly, grumpy. Most of us feel glum when we're running on too little sleep, but not sleeping enough has implications beyond our general mood.


The Sleep Myths Quiz

The Sleep Myths Quiz

Do you know which sleep tips are helpful and which are just myths? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are some people early birds and others are night owls?

Why are some people early birds and others are night owls?

Some people are early birds while others are clearly night owls. But why is that? Learn about the science behind early birds and night owls. See more »

How many hours of sleep do you really need?

How many hours of sleep do you really need?

You may not get as much sleep as you need, but how much is enough? Find out how many hours of sleep you really need at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will you die if you never sleep?

Will you die if you never sleep?

Sleep deprivation can have many side effects, but is death one of them? Find out if you can die if you never sleep at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will we learn to live without sleep?

Will we learn to live without sleep?

It's likely that humans will evolve to need more sleep. Find out if we will learn to live without sleep at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why is coffee and a nap better than either by itself?

Why is coffee and a nap better than either by itself?

Sure, coffee alone can help energize you, but it's not the best option. Learn why coffee and a nap is better than either by itself at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you die if you don’t sleep?

Can you die if you don’t sleep?

Feel like sleep deprivation will cause your death? It just might, but perhaps you can curtail this devastating situation. Let HowStuffWorks help. See more »

10 Myths About Sleep

10 Myths About Sleep

Some sleep myths actually prevent us from getting the best rest. Learn about 10 sleep myths so you can start getting more sleep tonight! See more »

5 Health Risks of Too Little Sleep

5 Health Risks of Too Little Sleep

Learn 5 Health Risks of Too Little Sleep. Read about the health risks of too little sleep and the implications it has beyond our general mood. See more »

5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation

5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can affect you in surprising ways. Learn about 5 effects of sleep deprivation. See more »