Scientists told what will happen to a person if he does not sleep for a week
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As experts say, fatigue, disorientation, blackouts and hallucinations are just a few of the things that await a person who decides no sleep for 7 days.
Imagine how much extra time you'd have if you didn't spend eight hours a day sleeping. More time for work, family and fun. Sounds tempting, writes What if.
But what if people try not to sleep for a whole week? What will be the short-term consequences of lack of sleep? How will this affect daily life?
People spend about a third of their lives sleeping. While you sleep, your body performs the necessary “maintenance”. It saves energy, stores new information, and even gets rid of toxic waste. Throughout life, a person needs a different amount of sleep. In the first year – up to 17 hours of sleep, up to 12 years – up to 13 hours. 7 hours is enough for an adult.
Choosing to cut out sleep and you could be on your way to extreme fatigue, paranoid delusions, and even death. If you're planning on going a whole week without sleep, you'll probably want to start it “right.” How about a restful eight hours of sleep the night before? Well, restful sleep is more than lying down with your eyes closed, because it goes through several stages.
< p>First, your temperature drops and your body relaxes. Then, during deep sleep, the body begins to replenish energy and repair cells. And in the final stage, REM sleep, your brain activity increases again. It is at this stage that you see the most colorful dreams.
Your first day without sleep would be pretty typical. You will be just as energetic and alert. After a full day of work and activity, you will begin to feel tired. But before going to bed, you have to force yourself to stay awake. After 24 hours, you will already feel the effects of skipping the night. You will have trouble concentrating.
Your hand-eye coordination will be a little awkward, and your ability to make decisions will also be impaired. Being awake all day is like having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10%. This is much more than the legal limit. Throughout the day, your appetite, mood, and stress levels will also change significantly.
After 36 hours of being awake, hormones like cortisol and insulin will no longer be in balance. You will also start to make riskier decisions, be thoughtless and have speech impairments.
It will be a real struggle not to sleep the second night. At some point, you will even experience the so-called microsleep. Waking up from which will lead to disorientation and confuse you.
After 48 hours without sleep, your immune system will be compromised. Your body will be less prepared for threats to your health such as bacteria and viruses. On the third day, your body's overwhelming desire to sleep will affect your ability to think. You will not be able to perform basic tasks. You will become irritable, anxious, even depressed. It will be difficult for you to recognize the difference between an angry and a happy expression.
After 72 hours, your perception will change significantly and you will begin to hallucinate. By the end of the experiment, you will most likely not die, but you will clearly worsen your health. So, before repeating this experiment, think twice, what is more important for you – to redo a bunch of things or health?