We are the only species in the world that willingly deprives ourselves of sleep. But, what are the consequences?
The truth is that we need to slip to survive. Our body repairs itself and performs essential biological functions while we sleep. The average number of hours we need to sleep, depends on many factors, but the rule of thumb is that it ranges from 7 to 8 hours a day, but it's not always possible, so What happens when you don't sleep?
While depriving yourself of sleep for a few hours is not a cause of concern, prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive function, inflammation, and many other issues.
What happens to your body when you don't sleep?
After 24 hours
You'll feel as if you had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent, meaning that you'll feel drowsy, irritable, angry, tired, stressed, and you are at a higher risk of causing accidents.
After 36 hours
You'll feel extremely tired, you may start having brief periods of sleep and not realizing it. You are likely to suffer difficulties learning, making decisions, remembering new information, and extreme fatigue.
After 48 hours
If you haven't slept for 48 hours it is considered extreme sleep deprivation and it will be harder to stay away. People sometimes hallucinate, feel extreme anxiety, irritability, and extreme fatigue.
After 72 hours
This number of hours will significantly impair your body's ability to function well. You'll experience illusion, delusion, depersonalization, and extreme fatigue.
After 96 hours or more
Your perception of reality will be deeply affected. It will be very hard to stay awake and you will probably experience sleep deprivation psychosis. It will usually go away when you recover.
The recovery phase
It is possible to recover by going to be early rather than sleeping in late. Try to get your body back on schedule, and remember that it can take up to weeks to recover from sleep deprivation. It usually takes 4 days to make up for 1 hour of sleep loss.
Try to expose yourself to natural light for your body's internal clock to get back on track, do physical activity, avoid caffeine and alcohol before going to bed and keep your electronics away from your bedroom.
If you are experiencing sleep deprivation more than an occasional sleepless night, you have to consult a doctor.