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Why is sleep deprivation sometimes dangerous?

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Studies show that sleep deprivation can be risky. For instance, sleep-deprived people who are tested by using a driving simulator or by doing a hand-eye coordination task perform as badly as or worse than those who are intoxicated.

Sleep deprivation also magnifies alcohol's effects on the body. For example, a fatigued person who drinks will become much more impaired than someone who is well rested.

From: How Much Sleep Do You Need? WebMD Medical Reference

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MedicineNet.com. 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The National Sleep Foundation.

Hirshkowitz, M., March 2015. Sleep Health,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: 

MedicineNet.com. 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The National Sleep Foundation.

Hirshkowitz, M., March 2015. Sleep Health,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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