07/17/2012 05:05 pm ET | Updated Sep 16, 2012

No, Sleep Deprivation Probably Won't Make You Go Temporarily Insane

Chronic sleep deprivation -- or a severe, short-term lack of Z's from, say, cramming for exams over two straight nights -- can make you silly or sad, slow to react, memory-impaired and more apt to take risks.

But what it rarely does, according to a leading sleep expert, is make you go temporarily insane, as a JetBlue Airways pilot apparently did on a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas.

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