An Animated Look At The Awful Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

The brain restores itself during sleep through a complex process that helps restore the body and mind back to a healthy state.

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Sleep is a necessity for clearing the brain of toxins accumulated throughout the day by means of a newly discovered “glymphatic” system. The amount of sleep needed each night is rather individualized, with adults requiring at least 7-8 hours/night. The result of not getting enough sleep?: poor concentration, high blood pressure, illnesses, moodiness, slow reflexes and in some cases, death. And yet, as I type this after sleeping only 3 hours (thank you, hot flashes) and drinking a cup of coffee, I am reminded that I will most definitely partake in an early afternoon nap today!


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