If you regularly sleep less than six hours it could cause the same damage as alcohol abuse. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes. However, the new research suggests it may also have a debilitating impact on the brain. Being awake for 18 hours can result in the same cognitive impairment people get from being drunk, the study from Preventive Health Company Medisys shows.

Being sleep deprived can also make you as bad at driving as when drunk, the researchers found.

Although the odd night is not detrimental the cumulative impact is. Your brain becomes less stable the longer you remain awake, reducing ability to focus. Neuroscientist Adrian Owen, who works with Medisys, told Digital Journal: ‘Sleep plays an important role in regulating the hormones that influence hunger (ghrelin, cortisol, and leptin) that’s why sleep deprivation increases appetite and leads to overeating and weight gain’.

Note: This article is adapted from metro.co.uk

Image adapted from: https://yourstory.com/2016/08/work-after-sleepless-night/

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