Getting your seven or eight hours a night might not seem like a matter of life and death. But being chronically sleep deprived can have serious health implications.
Prior to his death in 2009, Michael Jackson suffered from severe insomnia and didn't sleep for 60 days. In lieu of sleep, Jackson's doctor gave him infusions of Propofol, a sedative that provides rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
As Harvard Medical School sleep expert Charles Czeisler told CNN, the disclosure could mean that Jackson is the first person ever to go two months without rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Those who witnessed Jackson's rehearsal prior to an attempted world tour saw the performer exhibit signs of sleep deprivation, including visual and auditory delusions, paranoia and weight loss.
Though Jackson was an extreme case, in his case contributing to his death, even losing a few hours can affect your health.