Health Risks of Poor Sleep

Overview

Sleep deprivation can be caused by stress, depression, poor eating habits, or a condition such as sleep apnea.

Getting a bad night of sleep now and then is annoying, but not a health risk. However, chronic poor sleep may increase the likelihood of developing dementia, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and even cancers of the breast, colon, ovaries and prostate.

Poor sleep can also affect the ability to function while performing daily tasks like working or driving.


Basics

Wellness and Prevention