1. Your appetite goes haywire
2. It interferes with your skin
3. You’re more likely to fight with your partner
4. It changes how you look
5. Your brain gets cluttered
6. You worry more
New ways to sleep better
- People who get more natural daylight throughout their day – even through glass – sleep better at night, say researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.
- Do nothing: British sleep specialist Dr Guy Meadows' approach to poor sleep is revolutionary – using techniques like mindfulness, he teaches people how to do nothing to get to sleep! "It's what good sleepers already do – and what you did before insomnia took hold," he says.
- Don't smoke: Yes, there's another reason to quit. New research has found smoking interferes with the production of proteins that control your body clock. Quitting can help normalise your sleep patterns.
- Placebo sleep: Don't focus on how much sleep you missed, instead focus on the time you did sleep and tell your brain that you got enough to feel okay. When researchers at Colorado College in the US did this in a trial, people immediately performed better on tests of memory and information processing.