Have you ever wondered...

How long can you last without sleep?

People always say that there is not enough time in the day. We all wish we had more time. More time to do homework, to go on trips, and finish our responsibilities. So what if we did not have to sleep? How long could we go without sleep?

Sleep is an important part of our daily routine. When we go to sleep, our brains continue to stay active. In order to have good physical and mental health, we depend on sleep. We often times do not question the nature of sleep and we just accept that it is something we have to do. When people are desperate for more time they change their sleeping habits with certain foods, medicines, and drinks. Coffee or caffeinated drinks are usually used to keep people alert and alter their neurotransmitter signals in their brain to not fall asleep.

How much sleep one needs depends on the individual. Usually 7 to 8 hours of sleep for an adult is recommended. Numerous studies show that depriving yourself of sleep is dangerous. People who are sleep deprived tend to have bad hand-eye coordination and don't seem to perform tasks well. This can be particularly dangerous in situations like driving a car. Caffeinated drinks and other stimulants are not even able to overcome the impacts of sleep deprivation.

Sleep is important for our nervous systems to work properly. So what happens when we try not to get sleep? J.Christian Gillin conducted a study and figured out that about 11 days or 264 hours is around how long humans can last without sleep, but the answer is still unclear. How relatively "awake" someone needs to be to qualify is debatable. We do know that when individuals have tried to stay awake for 8 to 10 days, they experienced a lot of problems mentally, psychologically, physically, and more.

So while we might not have the answer, what we do know is that sleep is very important and essential for good health and over all function of the body. Now go and get some sleep!

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