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Your Body on No Sleep

Catharine Willett February 23, 2016 0 comments 0

One night of no sleep:

 

Impairs movement and focus, comparable to having a blood alcohol level of .10%. You may be more likely to misinterpret neutral faces. And long-term potentiation, believed to be crucial for memory formation, is significantly impaired.

 

Two nights of no sleep:

Your oxygen intake lowers. And your anaerobic power decreases. You may start to stumble and forget the words you’re trying to say.

 

Three nights of no sleep:

It becomes more difficult to concentrate on uninteresting tasks. You become more easily agitated. Your heart rate increases. In 2015, a man died from heart failure after staying for for three days straight.

 

Four nights of no sleep:

Your brain begins to fall asleep while you are still awake. These microsleeps can last between 5 and 10 seconds. You may start hallucinating and experience a “hat-phenomenon,” where you feel pressure around your head.

 

Five nights of no sleep:

Thinking and problem-solving skills are significantly lowered. You may get the feeling that someone is out to get you.

 

Six nights of no sleep:

Sleep deprivation psychosis sets in and you can no longer interpret reality.

 

There’s good new though…this is all preventable. You just need to go to sleep. 
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