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What is it about a lack of sleep that would make you feel so terrible?

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Neurology 18 years experience
Lack of sleep: A lack of sleep does not allow your brain to reset and re-energize. It prevents deeper stages of sleep from occurring, stages that are important for memory consolidation and focus. Thus, you wake up the next day much less refreshed than normal.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can lack of sleep make me sick?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
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.

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