The Causes Of Sleep Deprivation

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For many of us having a good night sleep seems every routine and often taken for granted. But what most of us don’t realize is that even though we might go to bed and get up at a certain time we are not really getting the proper rest our body needs and as a result we are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation has become a major concern for health care providers across the Unites States and many other countries across the world as it is linked to several illness and most importantly brain function.
The amount of sleep that a person needs varies from one person to another, but on average most adults needs about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested the next day. Teens on the other hand, needs an average of
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With our fast pace society we are often focus on our jobs, daily lives, being a good parents or spouse, and even social activities that we often forget or sometime just simply ignore the fact that we need adequate sleep. According to a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a large number of job-related and driving-related accidents are attributed to a lack of sleep.The survey further indicate that, sleep deprivation was the common factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history, such as the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.” However one might argue that these were mere accidents, but the lack of sleep does affect our cognitive function and processes in many…show more content…
Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. First, it impairs our attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to focus and learn efficiently. Second, during the night, various sleep cycles plays a role in consolidating memories in the mind. If we don’t get enough sleep, we won’t be able to remember what we learned and experienced during the day. The America collage health association reported that 1 out of every 4 college students surveyed since Fall 2013 indicate that they had difficulties staying awake during class and has negatively impacted their academic performance. These academic problems included, earning a lower grade on exam, project or course as well as taking an incomplete or dropping a course.Sleep deprivation also affect our wake sleep cycle that increase day time drowsiness and fatigue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the effects of drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic over Safety Administration further estimates that fatigue is a cause in over 100,000 auto crashes and 1,600 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. This problem is greatest among people under 25 years
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