Sleep Deprivation Directory
The average adult needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Teens need about 9. When you get less sleep than you need, your body does not just "adapt," but rather you may begin to experience symptoms of sleep deprivation. Your judgment and reaction time may slow, you may experience memory loss, depression, a weakened immune system, and pain. It can be especially dangerous to drive when you're sleep deprived since focusing and keeping your eyes open can become difficult. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sleep deprivation affects your body, how much sleep you need, how to get more sleep, and much more.
Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss
How does sleep affect your memory? WebMD explores the effects of sleep deprivation on memory retention and loss.
7 Surprising Health Benefits to Getting More Sleep
Skimping on sleep can mess up more than just your morning mood. Give your body the ZZZs it needs for these key benefits.
Sleep Loss Affects Women More Than Men
New research shows that when women lose sleep they're at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
The Healing Power of Sleep
Sleep deprivation is linked to heart disease, diabetes, poor immune systems, poor mental health, and even obesity. Find out how sleep keeps your body healthy.
Sleep Habits: More Important Than You Think
Not sleeping enough and not sleeping well is not OK.
Moms and Sleep Deprivation
Sleep experts say sleep-deprived mothers shouldn't be blasé about their problem. Sleep deprivation can harm their health – and the health of their family.