Stress is, of course, a major factor causing sleep deprivation. Stress comes in many unwanted forms. This could take the shape of losing a job, having too many bills to pay and no money to cover all of them. Personal tragedies like a death in the family of divorce. In the past five years, with the consistent economical turmoil that we have been facing, many people have been experiencing the problem of sleep deprivation. Not being able to sleep the required number of hours a night, is a detriment that one can live without. The results can hamper you when you least expect them to.
If one should define sleep, it can be considered as not being aware of your surroundings and what maybe occurring in it. Contrary to what you may believe, your brain doesn’t sleep. The brain wave signal is much slower though, and it decreases further the more you transition through a deeper sleep cycle. If you are not sleeping the recommended hours, then you are suffering from sleep deprivation. Professionals say that we must get anywhere from nine hours to as little as six hours of sleep. The younger you are the more sleep you may require. Persons, who do not sleep during the daytime hours, are getting sufficient night time rest.
While other areas that relate to nutrition, fitness and exercise have been explored and the information learned, grown exponentially in recent times; sadly, the same cannot be said on the matter of sleep. We continue in ignorance, largely because this is not on of the areas that are readily found in general medicine. It is not like feeling drowsy, an extreme consequence of sleep deprivation. How you suffer physically and in terms of a change in behavior, in themselves, offer many life threatening effects.
If you sleep very few hours, then you are considered to be suffering from sleep deprivation. How else can the body sufficiently repair cells, and bring restoration to its many functions? The hours dictated for sleep are so, because you will feel and function better as a result of it. To not do so will mean a fall in the level of performance.
There are a gamut of reasons why people do not get the recommended sleep they deserve. Work function is one primary reason; we become so caught up in daily functions and forget about sleep. People who have restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea or insomnia suffer from sleep deprivation. Other candidates for sleep deprivation are people who have to sleep during the day because they work during the night. As their bodies might not be resting sufficiently they gain a ‘sleep debt’ and its many accompanying symptoms. If you are suffering from any of these, it is worth checking out the problem before it escalates and you put your life at risk.
The body is not made to constantly be dealing with both internal and external stress factors at the same time creating anxiety reactions. You can also look at the situation from two perspectives; one that stress is the cause and second, that stress is the result. No matter, if it’s the cause or result, it can be eradicated if handled properly and quickly.
The problems you face in your social life with your friends, family or coworkers may be as a result of too much stress. When you become irritable or angry you tend to do things that are uncharacteristic of you, like driving and screaming at other driver on the road. To avoid complicating the situation further with issues like depression it is best to find ways that can make your sleeping experience much better.
You will not be able to concentrate properly, is you are lacking sleep. Your brain will be sluggish ad you won’t be able to think at an optimum standard with few hours of sleep. This is one main reason students perform so badly in school. Studying dictates that you maintain a high level of concentration, retain the information studied and be able to recall the information. When you hit puberty, your body will require longer hours of rest. This falls off when you become an adult.
Some people who sleep little, experience memory loss; not for long but short term. Learning anything new, whether it is a job or subject, becomes almost impossible to do. Also, trying to operate machinery or a vehicle when you are sleep deprived is simply asking for problems. You won’t be able to stay awake nor focus on the task at hand. This can lead to serious accidents, which can in turn cause loss of life. You will find that you have blurry vision as well. It is further worsened, if you are an alcoholic or have consumed large amounts while not having sufficient sleep.
Another downside to being sleep deprived is that you become sick easily. Your immune system will be so busy fighting of all the unwanted attacks and it will not have gotten the rest it requires while you are sleeping. You will pick up infections, and viruses like the cold, so much more readily. Therefore it is a fundamental necessity that we get as much sleep as possible, to operate better and live improved lives.