We all know sleep can help you stay healthy but doctors say there are even more risks associated with those who don’t get enough of it.
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control say people who don’t get enough sleep face an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Now a new study finds there are changes made to cells that lead to the increased risk.
Researchers in the United Kingdom studied 26 volunteers who got less than six hours of sleep a night for a week straight.
The next week they were able to sleep as much as 10 hours a night.
Experts found that when the participants were sleep deprived, changes were made to more than 700 genes.
Those genes were involved in metabolism, stress and circadian rhythms.