Sleep Deprivation.

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I know there are people out there who ‘function’ on 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night and then they say that their bodies are used to that, but technically you would be considered sleep deprived and there are some side effects that you may not even realise are as a result of needing to get more shut eye. Let’s take a look at what sleep deprivation can do to you.

It can cause: Aching muscles; confusion; depression, hallucinations; illness; bags under the eyes; irritability; ADHD; weight gain or weight loss; psychosis and that is just to name a few…

As you can see a lack of sleep can have some serious side effects and the problem is people may presume that their issues are caused by something else when it is probably just a severe lack of sleep. If driving tired is as bad as driving intoxicated then people should realise that sleep is a necessity and not just a luxury. I realise we live fast paced lives and all that, but sleep is one of those things that we all need to do.

You may be surprised at how getting a good nights sleep helps to keep you sane. Some people say that they are night owls, but if you do not have the luxury of sleeping in I suggest you leave your night-owl behaviour for the weekends when you can actually sleep in a little.

ME

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2 responses »

  1. The problem is that the amount of sleep someone needs is unique to them and yet we are let to believe the conventional wisdom that we all need 8 hours of sleep.

    Some people sleep 10 hours a night and feel terrible…others 4 or 5 and feel perfect.

    • I disagree. Just because you ‘feel perfect’ does not mean you have gotten enough sleep. It just means you have conditioned yourself to functioning on minimal hours of sleep. Some sleep facts: http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm – this fact in particular is interesting: “Feeling tired can feel normal after a short time. Those deliberately 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.”

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