In a civilization that simultaneously values productivity and distraction, many of us find our own selves cutting corners on our nightly allotment of sleep. While it’s easy to view the loss of a few hours of sleep as no big deal, over time, the lost hours build up and develop a sleep debt.
There are many symptoms of sleep deprivation affecting our bodies and our brains. Sleep deprivation can be a source of domestic unhappiness, career shortcomings and potentially life-threatening situations. Without further ado, here are 10 signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation.
According to a study at Harvard University in 2006, because of the increase in people sleeping less than six hours per night, 75% of Americans experience sleep problems, if not full-blown nefarious sleep disorders. Normally, one shouldn’t be extremely worried about intermittent insomnia, which can occur for many various environmental factors. The real napstealer has to be chronic sleep loss, which causes all kinds of health problems like weight gain, hypertension, and a weakened immune system. Therefore, people who don’t get enough sleep are not only sleepy, but can be fat, sick and irritable, as well.
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Which is worse, those nefarious napstealers or heat fatigue. According to a Wired article, when extreme heat sends your core temperature off the charts, the fact that your body slows down may just be a psychological response. It may not be fatigue or lactic acid building up in muscle tissue or nothing more tangible than what’s in your head.
A joint study conducted by researchers at two British universities shows that playing through the pain or fatigue or soreness is much more conceivable than trying to face siesta thieves or nefarious napstealers alone.
Recent studies have shown that snoring is not only bad for the person snoring, but can also cause sleep deprivation in the person who shares a bed with the snorer. That’s my interpretation of the following summary of the study:
“We have previously identified heavy snoring as an independent risk factor for carotid atherosclerosis. In order to explore the hypothesis that snoring-associated vibration of the carotid artery induces endothelial dysfunction (an established atherogenic precursor), we utilized an animal model to examine direct effects of peri-carotid tissue vibration on carotid artery endothelial function and structure.
Having been frequently sleep deprived, I can speak from experience when I say that nefarious napstealers can attack at any time, especially when you least expect it. An important thing to prevent sleep deprivation is to set a sleeping schedule, but the problem is that things get in the way and as you are working or watching television or just sitting around doing nothing, time seems to get away and before you know it, the napstealers are at it again and you’ve been nefariously distracted again.
The hormone adjustments and bodily discomforts associated with pregnancy could impact a pregnant lady’s high quality of sleep. Each trimester of maternity brings its very own unique sleep challenges. Baseding on the National Sleep Foundation, the adhering to are the most typical rest adjustments that could occur in each trimester:.
Sleep Issues the First Trimester of Maternity
- Regular waking up because of an improved have to go to the bathroom.
- Disruptions in rest as an outcome of physical and emotional stress and anxiety connected with pregnancy.
Some studies show women need up to an hour’s extra sleep a night compared to males, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more affected to depression than men.
- For every real Christmas tree harvested, two to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
Feeling sleepy can feel normal after a short time. Those intentionally deprived of sleep for research initially noticed greatly the effects on their alertness, mood and physical performance, but the awareness dropped off after the first few days.
- Consuming water after a meal reduces the acid in your mouth by 61%
I’m sure you’ve probably already seen this, but this protective mother cat sees the Nefarious NapStealers attacking as her kitten starts running and twitching in its sleep. The best way for parents to help children avoid the napstealers is to provide love, affection, guidance, and yes, even hugs.