What Happens to Your Body (and Metabolism) When You Don’t Sleep Enough

There’s no question that sleep deprivation is an American epidemic, with a third of the country getting less shut-eye than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control. And it’s not like this an Selfold thing: “The average adult is getting one and a half hours less of sleep per night than the average adult did 100 years ago,” Yelena Pyatkevich, M.D., director of the neurology clerkship and associate director of sleep disorders at Boston Medical Center, tells SELF.

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