What does sleep deprivation do to your body?
So, what does sleep deprivation do to your body?
What is the minimum number of hours of sleep needed?
What then happens if we can’t get a full night’s sleep?
Another interesting thing that happens when we lack sleep is sleep deprivation induced euphoria. Because of sleep deprivation, the body's chemicals go haywire. We can become less inhibited, like how we are when we get drunk. We exhibit risky behavior and have poor judgement. This can lead to accidents and unfortunate circumstances we will regret later on.
Sleepless nights can also lead to issues in remembering and memory-making. The brain would not be able to get rid of all waste products, since this process happens when we sleep. When we are sleep deprived, we tend to forget stuff, from leaving things in random places to suddenly pausing when we talk because we forget what we just said. It would also be hard for us to remember certain memories that would otherwise be easy for us to remember. In line with this, we would also have problems in concentration and mental exercises. Since we are unable to form neuronal connections, it would be hard for us to analyze concepts and connect them all together.
One thing that can happen would be that our body would have a weak immune system. Because our bodies can’t fully regenerate when we lack sleep, the cells we need to fight off infections would be less than normal, making us prone to infections.