Can you die from lack of sleep? – ABC Life

There’s no denying life can get pretty ugly when you go without sleep.

Your brain goes woolly, your limbs feel like lead, and the smallest mishaps make you intensely cranky.

But do the ill effects go deeper than that? Can lack of sleep be enough to kill you?

Potentially yes, says University of Sydney sleep researcher Nathaniel Marshall, but in the short term, only indirectly.

While sleep is important to human health and can affect your mood and wellbeing, there’s no good evidence being sleep deprived can directly kill you, Dr Marshall says.

However, it can impair your judgment and increase your risk of death from a fatal accident.
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