What happens if you don’t sleep for 24 hrs?

In modern world, which rewards speed and productivity, sleep can seem like a waste of time. If we’re flooded with work or overwhelmed by a list of tasks, the first thing we sacrifice is our sleep. This has become so severe that the average person’s sleeping hours have reduced from roughly nine hours to seven.

But there are big problems with presenting sleep as the enemy of productivity. When you’re sleep deprived, not only are you slower & less creative – but also you accomplish less.
Research shows, surgeons awake for over 24 hours took up to 14 percent longer to complete tasks & made 20 percent more errors once they did. 


One prime reason for this is that sleep deprivation decreases the brain’s glucose content – a vital carbohydrate that our grey matter uses as fuel. This glucose starvation doesn’t impact all parts of our brain equally; the ones that are hit hardest are your parietal lobe & prefrontal cortex, which are associated with problem-solving & high-level thinking. After 24 hours without sleep, glucose in these regions reduces between 12 and 14 percent.

Furthermore, several studies have shown that skipping one night of sleep makes us as insulin resistant as a type-2 diabetic. Having an inadequate amount of this vital hormone leads to weight gain, signs of aging and reduced sexual drive.

Thus, sleep is not an enemy of productivity or a hurdle to overcome. It is an essential restorative state, vital for our physical & psychological well-being. We simply can’t be healthy or function at peak performance without good amount of sleep.

So, while we sleep our bodies are repairing themselves – fighting the signs of aging & strengthening our immune, muscular & skeletal systems.