Ever wondered how long a human being can stay without sleep? Or, what will the lack of sleep do to your body? Randy Gardener, a high schooler from San Deigo, California, made a world record by staying awake for 264 hours without any stimulants. Later on, a man named Tony beat his record by just 2 hours, i.e., 266 hours. It is crucial to notice here that the record of staying awake stays around 11 days and doesn’t cross much beyond 11 days. So, it can be said that human beings can stay awake up to 11 days. But at what cost?
How Would Lack Of Sleep Affect Your Body?
- Your cognitive function will not perform efficiently. You will be confused, unable to process the new information received by your brain, and your problem-solving ability will deteriorate little by little. Also, you will find that you have to think very hard to remember something.
- Your mood will change drastically; you be irritated most of the time and, it will be easier to make you angry. You will also have a higher chance to suffer from fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
- Sleep is when your cells regenerate; if you don’t sleep well, you will start looking older and, wrinkles will start appearing.
- In a week, your immune system will start malfunctioning, and you will begin falling ill very quickly.
- Sleeplessness also increases the risk of heart diseases. When we sleep, our heart rate lowers, which helps maintain our blood pressure. But if we don’t get an ample amount of sleep in a day, it will cause our blood pressure to rise, which will lead to a higher risk of heart diseases.
- Due to the imbalance in your body energy level caused by lack of sleep, you have in increases appetite lower metabolism rate, for which you start to gain weight.
- People with chronic insomnia have a higher chance of developing Type 2- Diabetes, as you become insulin resistance if you are losing hours of sleep regularly.
- Your sex drive will also be lower than usual, due to hormonal imbalance in your body, which might also cause acne break-outs and out hormonal issues.
- You will start finding it difficult to stand still, as you will keep losing your footing every couple of minutes. Your tiring muscles are the reason behind it.
- Lack of sleep also increases your chances of cancer (colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer)
You might also experience some blackouts, that’s when your brain takes a short nap to relax. This increases the risk of accidents.
Sleep is a vital part of human’s day-to-day activity. Just like you can’t miss out on your daily physical activities and consuming your vitamins and minerals; you can’t also miss out on your sleep. Even though you won’t die of lack of sleep, but you will die out of the side effects of lack of sleep. So, grab your pillow and get some shut eyes.