Researchers at University of Bonn and King's College London found that even as little as 24 hours without sleep can produce symptoms of schizophrenia. Healthy subjects of both genders ranging in age from 18-40 were examined for psychosis symptoms and subjected to prepulse inhibition testing following 24 hours without sleep. The results were startling to the scientists.
The Frightening Dangers of Missing One Night of Sleep
Professor Dr. Ulrich Ettinger of the Cognitive Psychology Unit in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bonn said the following:
"It was clear to us that a sleepless night leads to impairment in the ability to concentrate ... But we were surprised at how pronounced and how wide the spectrum of schizophrenia-like symptoms was ... We did not expect that the symptoms could be so pronounced after one night spent awake."
This research is significant given the number of Americans who suffer from undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders or who regularly get poor, insufficient sleep. A paucity or absence of restorative sleep is potentially life-threatening. Since the invention of the light bulb, we sleep on average 500 hours less annually than at the turn of the last century.
The Dangers of Lost Sleep, Sleepiness, and Fatigue
Sleep deprivation (even by only a few hours) can lead to:
- brain shrinkage
- depression and related mood disorders
- poor decision making
- weight gain
- car accidents
- even death
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