Effects of Sleep Deprivation

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Like clean water, air, and food, healthy sleep is a biological necessity for every human being. However, currently around 30% of adults and 66% of adolescents in the U.S. do not get enough sleep on a regular basis according to a recent video from Claudia Aguirre and TED-Ed. Medical science is clear that regular sleep deprivation can have damaging, long-term effects on mental and physical health, yet despite this reality, the total number of sleep deprived individuals in the U.S. continues to rise each year.

This TED-Ed video demonstrates the many effects of sleep deprivation on the human body including:

  • Imbalances in Hormone Levels
  • Bodily Inflammation which could lead to illness and even death (in extreme cases)
  • Memory Loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Difficulties Learning
  • Slowed Reaction Time
  • Chronic Illnesses like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure
  • The risk of Stroke Increases by 4.5x when a person regularly gets less than 6 hours each night


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