What Happens When We Don’t Sleep

Like clean water, air, and food, healthy sleep is a biological necessity for every human being. However, currently, around 30% of adults and 66% of adolescents in the U.S. do not get enough sleep on a regular basis according to a recent video from Claudia Aguirre and TED-Ed. Medical science is clear that regular sleep deprivation can have damaging, long-term effects on mental and physical health, yet despite this reality, the total number of sleep deprived individuals in the U.S. continues to rise each year.

The illustrated video below provided by TED-Ed demonstrates sleep deprivation side effects on the human body including:

  • Imbalances in Hormone Levels
  • Bodily Inflammation which could lead to illness and even death (in extreme cases)
  • Memory Loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Difficulties Learning
  • Slowed Reaction Time
  • Chronic Illnesses like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure
  • The risk of Stroke Increases by 4.5x when a person regularly gets less than 6 hours each night