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A man in his pajamas watching television on his bedThe most serious problem with not getting enough sleep is that terrible, groggy feeling you have to suffer through in the morning, right?

Wrong.

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You may not realize this, but lack of sleep is much more dangerous than simply feeling more tired than usual. Increasingly, researchers tell us, it’s clear that not getting enough sleep can become a serious health hazard.

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Sleep deprivation can up your risks of:

Colon Cancer

In a study of 1,240 people published in 2011, Case Western University researchers found that those who slept fewer than 6 hours a night were 47 percent more likely to have colorectal polyps, which can become cancerous, than people who clocked at least 7 hours of sleep.

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