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The reason sleep is considered such a taboo is maybe because the general consensus is that we don't do anything much during sleep. We certainly don't move or do any of the conscious activities we normally do when we're awake, but there is much more to sleep than what we think. In fact, while we are asleep is when our body restores, refreshes and rebuilds our entire system. When it's dark outside, our body produces sleep-inducing chemicals like adenosine and melatonin, telling our nerves to slow down and relax. Sleep is also when our DNA is repaired. On an average, an individual needs 7-8 hours of sleep, but this can differ. Some people only need a meager 4-5 hours to function perfectly during the day, but some may need a solid 9 hours. This is even higher in adolescents.
But what would happen if you forced yourself to be awake for a long period of time?
On the first day, you would experience increased fatigue and muscle pain.
The second day, you would lose eye focus and things will start to look blurry.
Next, you would lose the ability to identify things by touch. By day three you would be moody, anxious and uncoordinated. As more days pass without sleep, you would struggle to concentrate, have trouble with short-term memory, become paranoid and start hallucinating. It can also result in stress, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, low sex drive, and in extreme cases, death.
So.........maybe it's time to get some sleep.