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Sleep Deprivation Information

Updated on February 23, 2011


According to the Wikipedia, “Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep; it can be either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain.[1] It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.[2] Few studies have compared the effects of acute total sleep deprivation and chronic partial sleep restriction.[2] Complete absence of sleep over long periods is impossible for humans to achieve (unless they suffer from fatal familial insomnia); brief microsleeps cannot be avoided.[3] Long-term total sleep deprivation has caused death in lab animals.”

Environmental change, noise, shift changes, insomnia, night terrors, and sleep apnea are some of the very few reasons for lack of sleep. Sleep is something your body needs to repair, and regenerate. Don’t take sleep deprivation lightly, go to your dr. if you feel this is something that you are experiencing.

sleep deprivation symptoms

Symptoms of sleep deprivation include:

Memory loss

Bad concentration


Appetite changes


Falling asleep while driving

Difficulty controlling emotions

Struggle to stay awake

The amount of sleep a person needs varies from person to person.

If you are experiencing sleep deprivation, or any other sleep related problems, see your dr. so you can be recommended to a sleep study, and from there, you can be on your way to better sleep at night.

sleep is importaint to your health

This should tell you that sleep is VERY IMPORTAINT to your health over all. Not getting enough sleep can have some adverse effects to your health, it can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure to name a few.

Do yourself a favor, and get the sleep you need each night. If you are having a hard time falling asleep, and/or staying asleep, talk to your Dr.

There is also natural sleep aids available on the market. If you choose natural sleep aids,or any sleep aid at that, follow the instructions and read the warnings.

You may also be able to fall asleep by not worrying so much. Worry can keep us up longer, and wake us up at night.

Another thing that may be affecting your sleep is wondering when the alarm will go off. Stop worrying, and set two alarms if it will make you more at ease.

If you are having a hard time with staying asleep, or falling asleep, what ever the reason, correct it, or see your Dr.



benefits of sleep


The benefits of getting good night’s sleep can include:

Improves memory, cognitive function, mood

Can aid in weight loss. It is thought that the lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affect appetite.

Reduces stress, and increases your ability to cope with everyday pressures

Increases alertness

Has positive affect on your mood

Decreases your chance of getting into an accident

Increases your health overall

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

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sleep quotes

The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more. -Wilson Mizener

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. -Dale Carnegie

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. -Leo J. Burke

Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. -Thomas Dekker

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin

Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing.-Bill Cosby

He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence -William Dean Howells

To achieve the impossible dream try going to sleep.-Joan Klempner

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. - John Keats


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    • sarclair profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Rosie... I am glad to know you get your rest. We all need it:)

    • Rosie2010 profile image

      Rosie Rose 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya sarclair, I cannot function without sleep. I need at least 6 hours, 8 at best. Great job.

      Have a nice day,


    • sarclair profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you:)

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      7 years ago

      This is an excellent hub. I should really take this more seriously. Thanks for the information.


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