FEB 27, 2017 8:57 AM PST

What Really Happens When You Deprive Yourself of Sleep

WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Ellis

Feeling forgetful? Finding it hard to focus? Have a shortened temper? You might need more sleep…

Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on a person, both physically and mentally. Studies show that extended periods of sleeplessness can lead to shortened attention span, impaired memory and even irreversible brain damage. It can affect not only your brain and behavior, but also your immune system, sex drive and heart. Even with such devastating consequences, most people do not prioritize sleep in their daily lives.

Sleep plays a critical role in our bodies health and function. While you sleep, your body is hard at work supporting healthy brain function and maintaining physical well-being. In children, sleep is a vital part of growth and development. People with sleep disorders such as insomnia need to work hard to make sleep a high priority. By learning more about what sleep deprivation can do to you and your body, people can focus on how to fit a good night’s sleep into busy schedules and create a healthier and happier world.

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About the Author
  • I love all things science and am passionate about bringing science to the public through writing. With an M.S. in Genetics and experience in cancer research, marketing and technical writing, it is a pleasure to share the latest trends and findings in science on LabRoots.
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