What would happen if you didn’t sleep? – Claudia Aguirre

Sleep deprivation is when you aren’t sleeping enough, or you aren’t getting good, quality sleep. When it’s severe or happens over an extended period, it can cause very disruptive symptoms that interfere with even the most routine activities. Long-term sleep deprivation can worsen many major health conditions.Sleep deprivation can happen for countless reasons, many of them harmless, but it’s also a key symptom of certain health conditions.
Sleep is something that everyone needs, and most people need a similar amount, depending on their age. That amount also changes with ageThe average daily amount of sleep needed, by age, is:
Newborns (up to 3 months old): 14 to 17 hours.
Infants (4 to 12 months old): 12 to 16 hours, including naptime.
Young children (1 to 5 years old): 10 to 14 hours, including naptime.
School-aged children (6 to 12 years old): 9 to 12 hours.
Teenagers (13 to 18 years old): 8 to 10 hours.
Adults (18 years and up): 7 to 9 hours.Heart and circulatory systems: Sleep deprivation has long-term damaging effects on your heart and circulatory health. People with chronic sleep deprivation are more likely to develop high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Sleep deprivation has very negative effects on how your brain works. While experts don’t fully understand sleep’s role in brain function, they do know it’s a key part of how people learn and remember. There’s also some evidence that sleep deprivation could play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease