What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Getting adequate sleep is much needed. Here’s what happens when you don’t get enough.
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Seven hours of sleep is what you need. That’s the minimum of sleep you need to function properly during the day. Older people may need to sleep for at least 7-8 hours, and adults need somewhere between 7-9 hours but what happens when you don’t get enough sleep?  

What happens when you don’t sleep for a day? 

When your body is without sleep, your body is stressed. You become tired and irritable but it doesn’t really harm your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, 24-hour sleep deprivation is the same as having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 per cent. That’s higher than the limit to legally drive. Apart from this you may feel drowsy, have food cravings, and also have impaired concentration.  

What happens when you don’t sleep for two days? 

After 36 hours of no sleep, the symptoms become worse and more intense. You will have an overwhelming urge to sleep. You may start to experience microsleeps or brief periods of sleep without even realising it. A microsleep can last up to 30 seconds. All your parts of the brain have a hard time communicating with each other. Along with an increased appetite, you have increased inflammation, impaired immune function and extreme fatigue.  

After 48 hours, you might even begin to hallucinate with a sense of increased irritability, and extreme fatigue. 

What happens when you don’t sleep for three days? 

At this point, you will experience frequent and longer microsleeps. Your hallucinations will become more complex and you will also have illusions, delusions, and disordered thinking. This is where you significantly impair your perception. This is a stage where you shouldn’t reach. 

How long does it take to recover? 
  • You can start by heading to bed early. Get at least 7-8 hours of rest each night. This will help your body get back on schedule. It is not easy to recover from sleep, it may take weeks or days to recover the lost sleep. Just 1 hour of sleep requires 4 days to recover.  
  • Make sure you reduce your cellphone usage post-dinner, dim the lights around you. Sleeping in a colder room will make you fall asleep faster.  
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and manage to stay healthy around the year.  

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