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    Sleep Deprivation: Quick Facts

    Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep. Typically we need 7 9 hours of sleep a day. Consistently having much less hours of sleep leads to a sleep deficit which if not addressed has side effects.

    When you’re scrambling to meet the countless demands of your day, cutting back on sleep might seem like the only way out. Who can afford to spend so much time sleeping, anyway? The truth is you can’t afford not to. Even minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your mood, energy, and ability to handle stress. By understanding your nightly sleep needs and what you can do to bounce back from chronic sleep loss, you can finally get on a healthy sleep schedule.



    Many of us try to sleep as little as possible. There are so many things that seem more interesting or important than getting a few more hours of sleep, but just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight.

    What are the signs that you are suffering from sleep deprivation?
    You may have sleep deprivation if you:

    You may be sleep deprived if you

    • Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time
    • Rely on the snooze button (the first ring does not do it)
    • Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning
    • Feel sluggish in the afternoon
    • Get sleepy in meetings, lectures, or warm rooms
    • Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving
    • Need to nap to get through the day
    • Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening
    • Feel the need to catch up on sleep on weekends
    • Fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed


    Sleep deprivation can be either chronic or acute.


    It can result in:


    • Fatigue
    • Daytime sleepiness
    • clumsiness
    • Weight gain or loss


    Sleep deprivation is associated with:


    • increased risk of high blood pressure
    • heart attack
    • obesity
    • diabetes

    Some Causes of Sleep Deprivation

    • Noise
    • Extreme temperatures
    • Jet lag
    • A change in your sleep pattern, such as shift work


    Insomnia may also be caused by temporary or situational life stresses, such as a traumatic event or an impending deadline. Mostly sleep deprivation is self imposed. We develop the habit of going to bed beyond 10PM, sometimes go to bed as late as 2AM and need to be at work at 8AM. The paradox is that is you are well rested, you will achieve more than you stayed up all night to do. The best thing to do for your body at night is to give it a well deserved good nights sleep. It will pay off in many ways than one.

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