Insufficient sleep ultimately affects ones quality of life and the most obvious and mild first signs of being sleep deprived are yawning, bloodshot and baggy eyes, slurred speech, blurry vision, aching muscles, nausea and inability to concentrate but more serious symptoms can include irritability, bad temper, confusion, poor judgment and reaction time through to complete blackouts. Very severe sleep deprived symptoms can include hallucination, confusion and disorientation, memory lapses and even possible life threatening depression.
Did you know that exhausted, tired people cause as much as 20% of all road accidents? We have all heard of truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel after driving for too many hours and this also happens to many car drivers particularly during long journeys. The effects of sleep deprivation whilst driving is akin to driving whilst intoxicated with alcohol because one’s decision making and reaction times can be equally adversely affected. Driving whilst tired can be life threatening for ourselves and other road users and maybe we would think twice before driving if we knew the police had a device that could measure our physical fitness to drive as they do for physical intoxication
There are many things that can disrupt ones sleep and sometimes this is just a temporary blip that most of us suffer at one time or another. However, lack of sleep on a regular basis can develop into a more serious sleep disorder that can have a negative impact in our quality of life. Sleep deprivation can initially be caused by worries at work, studying for that all-important exam or it could be your new baby keeping you awake. Some sleep deprived symptoms could be due to your age and gender plus things like drinking too much alcohol and coffee can all be responsible for interrupting a person’s sleep patterns. Ultimately, if you recognize any sleep deprived symptoms listed here then you should seek the advice of your doctor as soon as you can.
Why is Sleep So Important To Us?
Nearly all living creatures need sleep and some scientists who have researched this subject have said that our human brain consumes 20% of our body’s energy and its energy needs are recharged further when we sleeps. Sleep is vitally important in helping our brains complete all the maintenance work needed to keep our mind and body in good working order and sleep deprivation can seriously disturbs this important function.
Did you know that approximately 25% of British citizens suffer from sleep deprivation or other sleep disorder found in recent research studies? The main causes of this are lifestyle choices, stress from work and some medical issues. We humans are designed needing to sleep for several hours per night in order to recharge our batteries so to speak and a good night sleep will leave us feeling totally refreshed and full of energy, ready to face the day. Sleep is vital for our physical and mental well being. It doesn’t take too many sleepless nights to run those batteries down to empty and the consequences of continued sleep deprivation can result in varying degrees of psychological problems therefore, it’s very important to understand your sleep deprived symptoms in order to tackle the problem.
Sleep Deprived Symptoms and Health Risks
Researchers have found that long term chronic sleep deprivation can develop into health issues that can include incidences of high blood pressure, obesity, type 2 diabetes and more seriously, even psychosis and all resulting from a lack of vital sleep. Therefore, recognizing sleep deprivation symptoms is vital.
How to Rid Yourself of Sleep Deprived Symptoms
Most adults need at least 7 to 8 hours sleep per night; children more and older people less. If you are experiencing difficulties in sleeping there are things you can do that might improve matters. Firstly, if you have a sedentary job try, if possible to do some vigorous exercise, preferably in the afternoon or several hours before you retire to bed, this will leave you feeling nicely exhausted and ready for your bed. Try to avoid eating late in the evening and going to bed on a full stomach and make sure you have a comfortable bed because lumps and bumps in the mattress will have you tossing and turning all night. Having a cup of warm drinking chocolate made with milk will help you wind down but don’t be tempted to drink coffee instead. Avoid watching the TV because it can be too stimulating so instead try reading a book until you start to feel drowsy. Hopefully, these tactics will resolve your sleep deprived symptoms for good…..Goodnight!