What Is Sleep Deprivation?

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Sleep is a reoccurring act that is part of our daily lives. It is one of the most important elements of human health. The natural state of sleep has been studied throughout the years of human evolution. It occurs when hormones are released throughout the body to make the individual begin to fall asleep. The importance of sleep is often overlooked amongst humans, leading to a disorder. There are problems that occur in the human body that are of higher importance and require more attention. Sleep disorders should be viewed as a priority to humans because it alters human health, presents as a precipitating factor for other health problems, and can be treated quickly. It is not hard to experience the effects of sleep deprivation. Whether it is…show more content…
The vulnerability of the body to diseases increases as sleep deprivation continues. The immune system is greatly affected and defenses are weakened, leaving the body exposed to the changing environment. Not all changes happen externally, internal changes are fluctuating as well. For instance, sleep fragmentation with feelings of choking and daytime sleepiness are mechanisms for anxiety shown in sleep apnea (Fong329). Continuous interruption of sleep can make a person believe that they won’t get any better. This lays out a blueprint for unwanted thoughts and actions. When a sleep disorder is present, the individual should expect further complications and visits to the doctor. Seeing a person who is sleep deprived can further conclude the danger of it. An individual who simply hasn’t sleep in days will not be aware of the environment as much, which will lead to stumbling, running into things, and other tangible dangers. This also makes work related tasks much more difficult. Depending on the importance and alert level needed, having enough sleep is imperative. Indeed, weight gain is noticeable in people who have sleep disorders. Increased BMI relates to severe sleep obstruction, making a solid link between obesity and sleep deprivation (Bocicor 223). A hormone called leptin tells the body to stop eating, being sleep deprived will make less leptin. This causes the body to want to eat,…show more content…
It is imperative that a sleep disorder is treated because an early treatment can prevent a drastic problem in the future. There are several options or paths to take when dealing with a sleeping disorder. However, options depend on the severity of the sleep disorder. These options include changing sleeping patterns, use of machines, and medication. Initially, home remedy treatments are enough to achieve a better night’s sleep. A simple position change while sleeping can be enough to stop snoring. An addition of a second pillow or changing the room temperature to a suitable level may be the missing piece to stay asleep throughout the night. Withhold eating food two hours before bed helps prevent a digestive system upset that may occur in the middle or beginning of sleep. Individuals do not have to deal with a sleep disorder alone, family members or bed partners identify the signs as well (Living with Sleep Apnea 1). Having the emotional support from loved ones can make the process of dealing with a disorder easier. Treatment for a severe sleep disorder can much more extensive and expensive. For individuals with sleep apnea, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is available with a prescription. This machine is put on the face as a mask and thus raises the pressure of air in the throat, providing an opening for the airway and fortunately a better sleep.
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