If you stop sleeping … what will happen ?!
The United Nations considers sleep deprivation a form of torture, as not getting enough sleep will not only make you cranky, but in some cases it can kill you.
The longer the sleep deprivation period, the worse. Lack of sleep affects individuals differently, but in general, the effects increase over time. Only 48 hours without sleep may be considered severe sleep deprivation, but before reaching this stage, you may experience early symptoms.
After 18 hours without sleep, you may feel a little bit drunk. And staying awake for a long time equals a 0.05% blood alcohol content, which is what you get with three or four drinks in two hours.
After 24 hours without sleep, the comparison with the blood alcohol concentration jumps to 0.1%, above the legal limit for driving in the United States. You may find yourself fighting “brain fog” and being less alert, including double or blurry vision, as if you were very drunk. This is because sleep deprivation slows down the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other.
And while caffeine can make you feel more alert for several hours, it will only work at a certain point.
By a day and a half, all of this could get worse and your chances of getting sick are higher than usual because your body cannot fight as usual, and around this time, your mind and body are so tired that you start to experience narcolepsy, which are periods of extreme sleepiness of very small duration. It may reach about 30 seconds, and you may not even notice. And definitely this would be annoying and dangerous if you were doing something like driving a car.
Then there is the possibility of hallucinations, and the most common visual distortions. You can also experience sensory or auditory hallucinations, such as feeling that someone is not there tapping your shoulder or hearing your name calling (a ghostly voice whispering inaudible).
Once you reach 48 hours of sleep deprivation, that is the actual torture, which is why studies of severe sleep deprivation are prohibited by law in most countries.
Two days without sleep can cause you to lose control of anything, hallucinations worsen, and you may experience the feeling that reality is slipping away. And you’ll deal with extreme anxiety, irritability, tension and fatigue.
After 72 hours, you will not be able to think about anything, you will even forget to do simple tasks, such as dressing or finding a snack, and you can feel overwhelmed because your ability to regulate emotions is basically out of control. And your hallucinations may become more complex, creating around you fully-formed images such as a person, a bear, or perhaps a car.
And in at least four historical studies of sleep, participants reported common hallucinations, the so-called hat phenomenon, which is essentially a feeling of pressure around your head as if you were wearing a hat. All this opens the door to insanity, depression and delusions.
And if you reach 96 hours or more without sleep. Say goodbye to reality, as there will be more hallucinations and paranoia (paranoia) and can lead to sleep deprivation psychosis, which is a surprising, complete picture from the real world.
As for the fifth day, it is sometimes called the turning point, as it is the danger zone, where mental health deteriorates sharply, which reinforces your illusions as your new reality. Ultimately, your brain will stop working properly in a way that could lead to organ failure and, in rare cases, death.
Fortunately, recovering from sleep deprivation can be as simple as compensating for sleep, but if you are regularly sleep-deprived, the underlying causes must be researched to address it. It could take weeks to get back on track. According to one study, it takes four days to recover from losing one hour of sleep.
Source: Business Insider