Danger #3: Suicide
The finding: People who typically wake up more than three times in the middle of the night are 5 times more likely to die of suicide than those who sleep until morning.
The reason: This was perhaps the most surprising finding in the study, and the researchers haven’t nailed down a definitive link between taking your own life and too little sleep. One likely reason is that a lack of shut-eye is possibly linked to depression, the scientists say. However, it’s not clear if the blues are keeping people awake at night or vice versa.
One thing is clear, however: A lack of sleep can ruin just about all areas of your health and life. But logging in 8 hours a night is easier said than done; there are plenty of things that stand against you and a good night’s sleep. Read 14 Barriers to Deep Sleep to overcome them all.