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What happens if we do not get enough sleep?

Some of the less dangerous effects we can suffer from going without sleep include moodiness, irritability, a loss of inhibition and difficulty with concentration and focus.

If you miss out on more than a few hours of sleep, you may experience more serious symptoms, including apathy, slowed speech, deflated emotional response, impaired memory and an inability to do more than one thing at a time.

If you remain awake too long, you will become extremely drowsy and will actually fall into microsleeps-nodding off for five to 10 seconds at a time. While that is not a big deal at the movies, it can be fatal if you are driving. An estimated 100,000 car crashes happen each year because motorists fall asleep while driving.

If you push on too long without sleep, you may even have hallucinations.

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