What Is It Like To Go 3 Days Without Sleep?
Someone recently told me about his plan to go 3 days without sleep and i did not even hesitate with my disapproval.
According to him, its all part of an in house competition, to see who is able to withstand the terrible effects from lack of sleep.
The truth is, people will always endanger their lives and in most cases their decision would be based on ignorance .
I had to tell him facts, to help him realize that his decision to go on a 3 days without sleep competition is a bad bad choice that could get him into some serious health troubles .
I had to help him understand that the impact of sleep deprivation can be intense and its effects can linger. In extreme circumstances, sleep deprivation can lead to death.
In the words of Terry Cralle, RN , a certified clinical sleep educator in Fairfax, Virginia:
“As a society, as families and individuals, we have not yet fully appreciated the importance of sleep”
“ Sleep , along with diet and exercise, constitutes the very foundation of good health.”
So What Is It Like To Go 3 Days Without Sleep?
Going 3 days without sleep, the first 24 Hours.
The consequences of sleep deprivation at 24 hours is comparable to the cognitive impairment of someone with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent, according to a study published in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. (1) “Judgment is affected, memory is impaired, there is deterioration in decision-making, and a decline in eye-hand coordination,” Cralle says. “You’re more emotional, attention is decreased, hearing is impaired, and there is an increase in your risk of death from a fatal accident.”
Going 3 days without sleep, the first 48 hours.
“Sleep deprivation for 48 hours increases heart rate and blood pressure, making you susceptible to stroke and heart disease”
- It weakens your immune response, making you more vulnerable to infections.
- It leads to a drop in white blood cells that is needed to fight diseases (2).
- The risk of stroke and heart disease rises, as sleep deprivation for 48 hours causes elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
- The increased presence of inflammatory markers in the blood stream, further increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension .
- Experiences of micro sleep.
Going 3 days without sleep, the first 72 hours .
“After 72 hours of sleep deprivation cognitive function suffers and you may suffer hallucinations, develop false memories, and experience phantom pains”
- Sensory perception suffers and this means that your vision, smell, and sense of touch get adversely affected.
- Physiological symptoms of sleep deprivation also start to set in at this point, with body aches and inexplicable pain.
- Higher mental processes that affect motivation, concentration, and perception start to suffer as your brain struggles to cope with sleep deprivation for as much as 72 hours. Hallucinations are not uncommon and your mind may also play tricks on you, creating false memories.