What are the dangers of sleep deprivation?
Along with the health issues it can cause, sleep deprivation generally comes with dangerous side effects.
If you do not get enough sleep, you will see signs of reduced alertness, more stress, a larger appetite, and even cognitive impairment.
In fact, if you get just 90 minutes more sleep each night, you will increase your alertness during the day by 32%.
Especially dangerous are incidences of drowsy driving. If you have been awake for 18 hours, you will have cognitive impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05%.
After 24 hours, this rises to a BAC of 0.10%, which is above the legal limit for drinking and driving. About 100,000 car crashes are caused every year by sleep deprivation when driving.
Who else has sleep problems?
Studies show that 1/3 of all Americans achieve less than 7 hours of sleep every night.
If you suffer from sleep problems, you are not alone.
12-18 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, 70% of students in high school do not get enough sleep, and 1/3 of adults are consistently sleeping during the day, leading to $50 billion in productivity lost.
In addition, 5000-6000 fatal car crashes are linked to sleep deprivation every year.