various bottles and glasses of alcoholMost patients today aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night.  Ultimately, the circadian process regulating the body’s internal processes and levels of alertness becomes affected. This leads to cognitive lapses, which make it difficult to process and react to decisions of daily life.  The brain is slowed down, and therefore it takes longer to register new information.  Sleep deprivation affects neurons in the temporal lobe, causing interferences with vision, perception and memory.  While neurons typically have a rapid response time in a well-rested patient, all brain cell activity becomes diminished if the brain is not properly rested.  This weakening in the brain’s network can resemble a person being under the influence of alcohol. Sleep deprivation vs alcohol effects are incredibly similar to one another.

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