Mystery Solved! Here’s An Explanation For The Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And Insanity.

A look at how a lack of sleep is tied to a person's sanity.  

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Back in 1964, a high school student named Randy Gardner stayed awake for a record-breaking 11 days and 24 minutes or 265 hours. (Damn!) The event was carefully monitored by professionals, including a Stanford sleep researcher. The Guinness World Book of Records no longer registers this title, for fear that people may keep on trying to break it, and instead just end up hurting themselves.

This should come as no real surprise though, sleep is important. Insomnia is classified as the inability to sleep in 30 minutes on several nights each week for over a month. Researchers say that lack of sleep is linked to certain mental health conditions and paranoid delusions, including persecutory ideation the false idea that you are being picked on or victimized. But the big question remains: WHY

In an experiment done by Dr. Daniel Freeman and his team, involving 300 healthy individuals and 30 psychiatric patients, those with insomnia were more likely to have a history of mental health issues versus those who did not. Another study done by Keele University of more than 2,500 people in Staffordshire found that individuals with insomnia were nearly three times more likely to develop depression over the next twelve months, and more than twice as likely to suffer from anxiety. 

According to The Independent, the activity levels in your amygdala increase by up to 60% in unrested individuals and this impacts our emotional control. Lack of sleep also impacts a critical connection between the medieval prefrontal cortex and the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex, which controls things like judgement, impulse control, and attention is always working (whether a person is awake or dreaming), but it requires a certain amount of time in the first stage of sleep to regenerate. Tiredness also effects the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that deals with memory. When someone misses even a night of sleep, their ability to memorize information drops. 

Your sleep is important. Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT has proven to be beneficial for those suffering from insomnia, as well as, exercising regularly and having a healthy nighttime routine. 

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