Alexandra Bruce
January 18, 2015

National Geographic Channel’s Sleepless in America exposes the crucial need for sleep and the shocking life-threatening consequences of its absence.

Generally, sleep deprivation may result in:

– aching muscles
– confusion, memory lapses or loss
– depression
– development of false memory
– disruption of immune system
– hallucinations
– hand tremor
– headaches
– malaise
– stye
– periorbital puffiness, commonly known as “bags under eyes” or eye bags
– increased blood pressure
– increased stress hormone levels
– increased risk of cancer
– increased risk of diabetes
– increased risk of fibromyalgia
– irritability
– nystagmus (rapid involuntary rhythmic eye movement)
– obesity
– seizures
– temper tantrums in children
– yawning
– mania
– symptoms similar to:
– attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
– psychosis

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