Brain Consequences to Sleep Loss, 2
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that rats, deprived of sleep for a long period of time, don’t live much past two weeks. It so happens that humans who are kept awake for too long begin to show some of the same signs as those study rats. Within the first twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation, the person’s blood pressure begins to rise, then the metabolism processes start to go haywire, which results in an uncontrollable craving for carbohydrates. Soon the body temperature drops and the immune system gets weaker. If this goes on for too long, there is a good chance that the mind will turn against itself, triggering brain phenomenon in which the person experiences visions and hears phantom sounds akin to a bad acid trip. At the same time, the ability to make simple decisions or recall obvious facts drops off severely. It is a bizarre downward spiral that is all the more peculiar because it can be stopped (if it isn’t too late) by sleeping. Are you making obtaining the sleep your brain needs a priority?