I decided to do a little research on how sleep affects us.  We all know we feel better when we get the sleep we need.  But, how does it affect our bodies when we don’t get enough good sleep.  There are, in fact, bad results from not enough good sleep.  So this is the first in my series on how our bodies react to not enough good, restful sleep.  I got this information from an article on webmd.

If you’re not getting good sleep, your skin may soon show it. Some studies have found a link between a lack of ZZZs and acne, perhaps related to how sleep controls hormones in your body. Sleep deprivation also hurts the immune system, leaving your body open to many different issues.

Redness, puffiness, dark circles, and bags — all signs that you’re not getting enough shut-eye. The sleep-deprived tend to get more wrinkles, lines, swelling, and droopiness, studies show. Why? It may be that your body misses out on the hormone control and tissue repair that happens in deep sleep stages.