A 19-year-old female asked:
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can lack of sleep make me sick?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: Sleep deprivation is common tactic for breaking prisoners of war. After day or two of no sleep you may start feeling very poorly and hallucinate, judgement goes on holiday and coordination suffers. Some believe that chronic sleep deprivation leads to decreased longevity and increased susceptibility to a variety of ailments, but I do not know if this has been validated. Lots of confounders.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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