From diabetes to anxiety, here’s the lowdown on what could happen if you don’t get enough sleep

Whether it’s down to everyday stress or an addiction to social media (we feel you!), it’s thought that one in three of us face poor slumber (ergh!).

Although the odd night without sleep won't harm you, a regular lack of shut eye has been linked to a whole range of health problems. Most of us should aim for around eight hours of good-quality sleep each night, but some people will need more or less. Here are six things that could happen if you miss out on those all-important ZZZs.

Increased risk of diabetes

Sleeping for less than five hours each night? You could be increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why? It’s thought that missing out on deep sleep can change the way your body uses glucose (which the body needs for energy). Find out more about diabetes here.

Increased risk of heart disease

You probably knew that pulling all-nighters wasn’t the best thing for your health, but did you know that a regular lack of sleep is linked with increased heart rate and high blood pressure? The good news is that we’ve got six expert-approved ways to help you sleep better.

Weakened immunity

If you can’t seem to shift that pesky cold, your sleeping pattern could be to blame. Continued lack of sleep can weaken your immune system so you're less able to fight off bugs. Tissues at the ready!

Reduced sex drive

Not in the mood for sex? Research suggests that people who don't get enough shut eye have decreased libido. Try our nine slumber saviours to help improve your sleep and relight the spark between the sheets… you can thank us later.

Decreased fertility

For some, getting pregnant is quick and easy. For others, things aren’t so simple.

It’s thought that regular poor sleep can reduce the amount of reproductive hormones your body produces, making it harder to conceive. Talk to your GP if you’re worried about your fertility.

Mental wellbeing problems

There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health.

We all know how sluggish we feel after a super-late night, so it's hardly surprising that continued lack of shut eye can lead to much more serious mood problems, including depression and anxiety.

Try to fit self-care into your daily regime to help cut down everyday stress and increase your odds of drifting into the land of nod. If you’re worried about insomnia or sleep deprivation, see your GP.

Sweet dreams!