Sleep Disorder

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms and Their General Effects on an Individual

Sleep is a body’s need that we cannot take for granted. It is the ultimate rest that we can give our body after a whole day of wear and tear at work, office, school, play, or even just at home. During waking hours, we tend to push ourselves over the limit and try to accomplish as many tasks as we can to the point that we unknowingly sacrifice our time to sleep.

Yet people are so accustomed to having less sleep at night that they think they can get used to it, their body can adapt to less sleep, and they think that it will not cause a problem in the long run. We hope so, but in reality it certainly does not happen. Sleep deprivation could be a minor thing for some people, but medical studies show otherwise. There are simply too many risks associated with sleep deprivation that could be fatal in left unchecked.

But first, what is sleep deprivation? It is important to know this because you might unknowingly have been subjecting yourself to such passively. For those at school, 9.25 hours of sleep should be met daily in order to keep the brain and body up to par with a lot of school activities leaving just enough energy to do research and homework before going to bed again. On the average, adults need to have 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep daily in order for the body to function seamlessly and operate at high capacity. If met daily, the body’s immune system and immune response is at its best. The energy level is high, and you will feel motivated and ready to take on any task head on.

A quick check on reality, however. We note that sleeping is now more of a treat and a luxury rather than a need. In our efforts to increase the standards of living, we tend to sacrifice the single most important part of our daily routine…sleep. Probably because people think that they could be more productive when awake than asleep. In context, yes, because you are virtually doing nothing while you sleep, but health-wise, this is a total recipe for self-destruction.

Sleep deprivation symptoms will serve as a wake up call to anybody abusing their body too much. These are the most common ones. They may look and feel common but would greatly affect the totality of the being human in the long run:

●      Tiredness – Feeling tired a lot lately? Lack of sleep will always make your body feel tired even at the beginning of the day. Perhaps you have experienced being more tired when you wake up in the morning than the previous night. The problem with tiredness is that it is very general in scope that people tend to think that it is okay to be tired. If you have been working out and performing strenuous activities, then surely you’ll get tired. But if you are just doing the routine tasks everyday that you used to easily finish yet have difficulty in doing them now, then you might want  to check on your sleeping habits.

●      Concentration and memory – The problem with having less sleep is that you tend to “float” on air as you go along your daily activities. It is really hard to concentrate, and even if you do, you’ll still forget things easily. How many times did you lack sleep, and you feel everything is like a “deja vu”?

●      Social Problems – Less sleep could equal increased irritability, edginess, behavioral problems, and activity intolerance. When this happens, people around you would tend to shy away since they do not want to be a part of your rumblings. This could create havoc on your social life especially because people tend to remember the hurt feelings rather than understand that you did not do them intentionally.

Alterations in appetite, low immune system defenses leading to regular infections, blurred vision, inability to tolerate stress, and overall body discomfort are also common sleep deprivation symptoms. If you happen to experience any of these lately and you are aware that you are sacrificing sleep in lieu of other activities, you might want to reconsider your options and lean towards a good sleeping routine. It is only you that can help yourself as much as you can hurt yourself.





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