Monday, May 2, 2011

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Sleep Deprivation

        Seeing as it's 5:00 a.m., the day I go back to school from spring break, and I can't get my self to sleep for some reason, I think it's the perfect time I spoke about the symptoms of sleep deprivation.

        First of all, it's a fact that you'll die of lack of sleep first than lack of food or water. I don't care who you are, you have to get some rest. Now, usually, when you haven't slept for just 17 hours you start functioning like a man with .5% of alcohol in his blood. This is the driving limit in the U.S.

        After a night of no sleep, your motor skills are going to drop, you're going to fall into micro sleeps of 5-10 seconds, and your focus keeps fading and fading away. After a while, you're going to go delusional, which is the starting phase of R.E.M. sleep, which is the one that lets your body regenerate.

        Someone who is sleep deprived will also start having mood swings, laughing uncontrollably one moment and then crying the next. There will be apathy and slow speech. Also, there will be the lack of the ability to multitask. You start forgetting where you put things, and then find them in weird places. If this keeps up for a more prolonged period of time, you can even die from stress. But there's something else, something worse...

        You'll look like crap.