Sleeping Girl on Grass
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According to a recent report on sleep patterns, if we miss a few hours of sleep during the week, we must make them up in a relatively short time period. Otherwise, we pay the price in terms of sleep-related ailments, such as a weakened immune system, more colds and flu, grogginess, inability to concentrate, and irritability. In addition, a growing body of research suggests that sleep may have an impact on hunger and appetite control. Lack of sleep, therefore, has been linked to an increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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