This is what happens when you don't get enough sleep

By Marni Dixit February 16, 2017

There are lots of good reasons you should be getting enough shut-eye tonight! 

Let's be honest, how many of us actually get eight hours of sleep a night? Yeah, didn't think it was many of you! But the truth is, if you're not getting (at the very least) six hours sleep, you could be derailing your fitness goals, your career and even your relationships.

When you don't sleep properly, you'll find these things will happen:

Reading others' emotions will get harder


CEO and co-founder of sleep technology company Reverie, Martin Rawls-Meehan, told Bustle that a lack of sleep means "an impaired ability to empathize, read others’ emotions, make judgments, think about future consequences, and resolve conflict.” So if you care about your relationships it's time to get some sleep!

You'll suffer from mood swings

Mood swings

A study done last year found that if we don't get enough sleep, our ability to figure out the importance of a thing or event becomes impaired. Professor Talma Hender and her team behind the study said:

“We lose our neutrality. The ability of the brain to tell what’s important is compromised. It’s as if suddenly everything is important.”

In short, we could blow things out of proportion when they wouldn't normally be a big deal.

Your skin will look crappy

Regina George looking at face

This is something we all know, there's so much evidence that proves that a lack of sleep is really, really bad for your skin. So get some sleep, and that way when your phone accidentally opens on selfie-mode you won't be terrified by what you see!

You'll be hungry all day


A lack of sleep activates the body's endocannabinoids, which is what causes us to overeat when we're not even hungry. So that's why in three hours you may have eaten everything but the kitchen sink. 

You'll gain weight

Weight Gain

So, not only are you super hungry for no apparent reason, your metabolic rate slows right down. Dianne Augelli, MD, a sleep expert spoke to SELF Magazine, and said:

"Long term, your body’s metabolism changes because it doesn’t intake food the same way, creating insulin resistance. This is when your body tends to store more of what you eat instead of processing it normally."

So if you want to maintain or lose weight, you really need to get your eight hours sleep a night. 

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