Sleep is a very important biological function that helps to keep people healthy and mentally sharp. Sleep helps a person’s memory. It also is necessary for repairing tissue, synthesize hormones, to develop muscles and it rejuvenates the body.
Ultimately, a good night’s sleep can even elevate a person’s spirit. It can make them happier, remove feelings of depression and give them hope for a better life. Yes, sleep actually helps people within these many different ways.
While sleep is a good thing, many people often avoid trying to sleep. As a matter of fact, some people stay up as long as they can. There are many different reasons for people to do this. The following material will examine how long can someone go without sleep and how lack of sleep impacts their health.
Humans might not Need as much Sleep as we Believe
The average person can stay up for at least 24 hours. People tend to do this more than what we believe. Kids like to stay up all night long to prove how grown up they are. Party goers like to have fun dancing, drinking and socializing until the sun comes up the next day. Sleeping would only interfere with this process.
People who drive on long trips (truck drivers or commercial bus operators) also have to stay up to reach their destinations. Sometimes people stay up for extended periods of time simply because they cannot get to sleep. Staying up for relatively short periods of time is okay. A person will typically go to sleep a short time later.
A young man set the record for lack of sleep by staying up for 11 days. His name is Randy Gardner and he set this record back in 1965 when he was just 17. There are individuals who managed to stay up for at least 3 to 4 days in a row. The fact is that humans can stay up for long periods of time if they want or have to do this.
How does lack of sleep impact the body?
If a person decides to stay up for an extended period of time they will experience some consequences. First, they will lose their ability to make sound decisions. Lack of sleep causes a person’s mind to function incorrectly. They just have a hard time concentrating and keeping focus. In short, a person’s brain needs to shut down to reset itself.
Next, a person’s ability to function will be cut short. They will behave in strange ways and do strange things. Lack of sleep could also make a person to act hysterical, depressed and even insane. People often mumble incoherently or even act like raving lunatics when they do not get sleep.
Physically, lack of sleep has been linked with conditions such as heart problems, stroke, organ failure and mental instability. Here is something to think about. Most of the behavioral conditions that appear within a sleepless person are usually the same behaviors that are common with mental health patients. In other words, lack of sleep usually causes people to behave like they have a mental disorder.
Sleep is also important to the body because it helps to fight obesity. Remember when a person sleeps they eat less. Lack of sleep also makes people angry and/or irritable. It can also cause people to be hormonally imbalanced.
Staying Awake under Extreme Circumstances
If you notice, people have a tendency to stay up when a major or disturbing event takes place. When a death in the family happens, people tend to stay up to grieve the situation. When a person experiences a traumatic event, they can stay up for days on end without going to sleep.
Some people also stay up if they have to cram for a test. They also stay up to get work done at work if they have to complete a project. Some individuals even stay up as a part of a marathon. So, the average person can actually stay up for extended periods if a situation causes for them to do so.
Sleep is important and it helps to keep a person’s mental and physical health in good working condition. However, a person can stay up for days on end if they need to do so. Everyone should get to sleep but if they don’t, they can stay up for many days without having to worry about long term health problems.