03/26/2012 08:20 am ET Updated May 26, 2012

6 Major Health Problems You Could Create By Shorting Yourself Sleep

You deal with the fallout of not getting enough sleep by feeling a little groggy every morning. But what you may not realize is the domino effect at work here, and it's much more insidious than just feeling tired. Increasingly, researchers tell us, it's clear that "short sleeping" can get us into plenty of trouble healthwise. Insufficient sleep is linked not only to obesity, which brings its own set of health issues, but also to a host of other maladies. Here's a sampling:

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