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What Happens to Your Body If You Don’t Let It Sleep

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  • Sleep deprivation, such as pulling an all-nighter, can lead to short-term euphoria, however, your brain’s rational, decision-making regions largely shut down when sleep deprived, which means you may be in a precarious mental state that encourages you to take risks you normally would not
  • Sleep deprivation for as little as 29 hours has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or disease
  • Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems

By Dr. Mercola

When's the last time you pulled an all-nighter in order to cram for a college exam, prepare an important work presentation or socialize out on the town? If you can't remember, that's a very good thing, as depriving your body of sleep in this way can lead to some very serious – and surprising – health effects.

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