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Sleep Disorders

Updated 01 March 2019

WATCH: What really happens if you don't sleep?

How long can you possibly stay awake for, before your health starts to fall?

Some of us spend long hours taking a nap, catching some Zs and generally resting up. Others sleep for shorter times, unable to slumber for more than six hours at once.

But what happens to the human body if you don't sleep? How long can you possibly stay awake for, before your health starts to fall?

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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