Sleep Deprivation And Effects On The Human Body

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Sleep deprivation can have lasting effects on the human body. Including the central nervous system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system and cardiovascular system. Just like air and water, the body must sleep to function. It is during sleep that the body heals and restores these systems. Eventually, if the body is deprived of the time to heal, it will be vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and long-term diseases. In addition, the person’s mental well being is called into question as they stop making rational decisions. In fact, those that sleep less than the recommended hours each night, are increasing their chance of an early death. The following signs are the most obvious of that of a sleep deprived person: excessive sleepiness, constant yawning, irritability, anxiety, lack of concentration and daytime fatigue. Adults should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Yet there are some adults that claim they can function on little to no sleep for several nights in a row. The belief is that they can adjust to this ‘less sleep cycle’ and that there are no consequences with the choice they have either willing made or was forced upon them by other factors. However, once a person does not get the recommended hours of sleep, their body cannot heal itself and restore the chemical balance in their brain. Without proper healing, the body is susceptible to short term and long-term health risks. A night or two without sleep is not as harmful because
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