How Sleep Deprived Are You? | Brain Games
Sleep or lack thereof can severely impact one’s health. Like all the other basic needs -food, shelter and, clothing- sleep is vital in maintaining good health.
Sleep deprivation is a condition that occurs if you don’t get enough sleep. The amount of rest an individual needs varies from one person to another however, on average most people need seven to eight hours of sleep to feel rested and alerted.
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CAUSES OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Voluntary behavior– People who engage in voluntary, but unintentional, chronic sleep deprivations are classified as having a sleep disorder called behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome. This is a type of hypersomnia. It involves a pattern of restricted sleep that is present almost daily for at least three months.
Personal obligations– Sleep deprivation can occur when personal obligations restrict sleep time. For example, a person may lose sleep while providing home care for a relative with a chronic illness.
Work hours– The work hours required by some occupations can produce sleep deprivation.
Medical problems- Sleep deprivation may be a symptom of an ongoing sleep disorder or other medical condition that disturbs sleep.
The primary effect of sleep deprivation is excessive daytime sleepiness. A sleep-deprived person is likely to fall asleep when forced to sit still in a quiet or monotonous situation, such as during a meeting or class. This degree of severe sleepiness can be a safety hazard, causing drowsy driving and workplace injuries. The other effects of sleep deprivation are widespread irritability, lack of motivation, anxiety and, symptoms of depression.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to the increased risk of certain medical conditions that are harmful to one’s health. These include but are not limited to obesity, heart attack and, hypertension.
Source link: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2008
Written by Sasha-lee Moodie
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