Almost everybody has been there, you barely closed an eye for some reason or maybe you couldn’t sleep at all. Others complain that they only slept for a few hours, maybe even just one or two. Most people experience the negative effects of lack of sleep already after just one night. Tiredness, for example. However, this symptom is by far not the worst that can happen to you by missing your precious hours of sleep. What people often don’t realise is that not sleeping can be fatal, and it doesn’t even take that long.
The American Randy Gardner could not believe that sleep is necessary. Therefore he did a self-experiment and stayed awake for 11 days and 24 minutes without the use of medicine, alcohol, drugs or any other form of stimulant. Eventually he had to give up, he experienced paranoia, hallucinations and many other medical phenomena.
Not yet convinced that a good night sleep is a must? Then we suggest you take a look at the list below. This is what people with a chronic lack of sleep can expect to experience.
10. Car accidents
No, lack of sleep does not always lead directly to you crashing your car, especially if the person that’s lacking of sleep is not driving the car himself. But what does happen, is that too little sleep can build up in a longer period of time and can appear at times when you can least afford it. For example, when you drive your car on the highway.
Research has shown that drivers who have a lack of sleep have a good perception of the risks they take, but in fact it is more dangerous to drive with lack of sleep than when you ‘re drunk! The difference is in the perception; people who drank more (at least until they are too drunk) know that they are under the influence. A person with sleep deprivation won’t notice any of this until it is too late, and they park their car in the crash-barriers.