7 Freaky Things That Happen To Your Body When You've Lost Just An Hour Of Sleep

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While it may not seem like a big deal, losing just one hour of sleep can have some surprising effects on the body, especially if you do so night after night. "The average individual needs 7.5 hours of sleep nightly," Dr. Suzanne Stevens, neurologist sleep specialist with The University of Kansas Health System, tells Bustle. "This means actual sleep, not just time in bed." So if you only get six and a half hours — and then struggle to sleep again the next night — you might not feel so great.

"Losing one hour every single night easily adds up, and leads to sleep debt and sleep deprivation, with both short-term and long-term behavioral and medical consequences," Dr. Roy Raymann, vice president of sleep science and scientific affairs at SleepScore Labs, tells Bustle. But losing just one hour can have an impact, too, sometimes causing grogginess, disorientation, and other strange side effects.

One way to combat these symptoms is to get up and look outside. "Make sure you get plenty of light after you get out of bed," Dr. Raymann says. "It will energize you and counteract the effects of easy wakening and short sleep." Read on for some odd things that can happen if you lose an hour of sleep, according to experts.