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Sleep Deprivation

How does lack of sleep effect a person?

What is sleep deprivation? How much sleep does a person need per day and what is considered chronic sleep deprivation? These questions have been of concern to doctors, psychologists, athletes, and ordinary people since ancient times. Despite significant progress in the study of the structure and functions of the brain, the state of sleep for many serious researchers is still a completely unsolved mystery.

Doctors are confident that for the body to function normally, 8 hours a day are necessary. A sleep- deprived process leads to poor health, weakness, decreased concentration, and memory problems. Sometimes headaches, nausea, chills.

What are the symptoms of sleep deprivation?

A small but very serious gland — the epiphysis — is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle in the brain. It tells the body when it is time to go into bad, and when to get up to meet a new day. The epiphysis does this through the production of a special hormone — melatonin.

We do not get enough sleep and do not just reduce the quality of life, but strike a blow to health, cognitive functions, beauty, and longevity. What are the sleep deprivation symptoms?

  • You wake up feeling tired.

  • You are addicted to sugar and caffeine.

  • Concentration problems.

  • Frequent colds.

  • Constant hunger.

  • You are gaining weight.

  • Your eyes are constantly in a wet place.

  • Worsening medical problems.

All these lead to sleep deprivation, the effects of which are: loss of a sense of humor, increased irritability, hallucinations, dips in thinking, drowsiness while awake, dizziness, headaches. Also, immunity decreases, and the tendency to cancer and infectious diseases increases. The risk of hypertensive crises, the development of obesity and diabetes increases. The tendency to accumulate excess body weight.

What causes sleep apnea?

Apnea is a suspension of breathing. It can take place in a wide variety of conditions. For example, after taking quick deep breaths. Sleep apnea, however, is a distinct disease. The patient’s breathing can stop up to a hundred times in one hour. Adding all the seizure seconds into a night can add up to 4 hours of sleep without oxygen. There are two main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive.

  • Central.

The main signs of sleep apnea of illness that you may notice if you sleep next to a sick person are loud snoring and intermittent cessation of breaths. After a “lull” for ten seconds, people suddenly begin to snore loudly and toss and turn in their sleep. Also, sleep apnea symptoms can be suspected by looking at:

  • Your head hurts a lot after waking up;

  • During the day, you are sleepy, inattentive and absent-minded;

  • Despite the fatigue, it will is very difficult to fall asleep;

Stopping breathing negatively affects all parts of our body. And the longer the attacks of sleep apnea last, the more often they occur during rest, the more severe the consequences for the patient will be.

The most reliable sleep apnea diagnosis methods are polysomnography, 24-hour ECG, and heart rate monitoring. They track all changes in the body: breathing, heart rate, nerve activity, and electrical impulses.

To find out more about Sleep Deprivation and how we could give you a better nights sleep, call Advanced Sleep Care in Forest Hills, NY today at (855) 692-5577.



  • What are the signs of sleep deprivation?


Lack of sleep has accumulative action when firstly a person doesn’t feel large problems, however, later some negative symptoms stand out between you and the desire to be healthy. When people take a rest of fewer than 8 hours, they begin to experience headaches, loss of energy, a sense of exhaustion, and concentration problems. Patients got into sugar and coffee addiction as substitutes for power resources. The immunity gets worse that leads to frequent illnesses and bad well-being — these are also signs of sleep deprivation. The other indicators contain mood changes, extra apatite, absence of motivation for doing something new or difficult. People suffer from constant sadness, can’t perform tasks as quickly as possible, and react slower to exterior irritants. Unpleasant symptoms include reluctance to communicate with surroundings and has a characteristic of decreasing activity. The degraded memory and complications in making decisions impulse to think about the present disorders.  


  • What are the effects of lack of sleep?


Some negative habits become the reason for serious sequelae according to health. The brain loses the ability to memorize, concentrate, think effectively and quickly; the cognitive functions deteriorate. People get weakness, nausea, and awful headaches within an unstable emotional state. Lack of sleep provokes depression or hypochondria, following the absence of the nervous system’s proper work. Hormonal failure happens that is especially unsatisfactory for children who grow and increase muscle mass during the sleep process. The increase in pressure becomes common which raises the possibility of heart attacks and stroke. Skin conditions are tormented because of the collagen lack, as the result, patients have pale sapless surfaces with dark circles under their eyes. People tend to gain weight due to the desire to consume more carbohydrates. Sweets affect the development of diabetes in turn. A person also stays at risk of receiving oncological diseases or infections because the immunity doesn’t fight the threat.      


  • Does sleep deprivation go away?


Sleep disorders seem to be insignificant factors for people’s lives, however, later those who suffer from this type of deterioration want to renew napping habits to turn back the energy balance and eliminate unpleasant consequences. Certainly, patients can overcome sleep deprivation by a range of useful actions but it takes enough time to put a step in the direction of normal dreaminess. The treatment begins from changing personal customs. People demand some period to learn to go to bed earlier, not eat and drink before sleeping, do physical activity during the day, and avoid the presence of artificial light turned on at night. Each missed hour of nap requires time for recovering, so you can’t correct everything at once. But still this is not a problem that a person can’t influence on. The help of doctors is able to speed up the curing process because they know what can become an additional issue on the way of treatment.      


  • How do you fix sleep deprivation?


The process of treating sleep deprivation starts from checking the presence of general symptoms and offering medical examinations that show the type of disorder because it can lie not only in late hours of going to bed but also in difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, or blood pressure. Sometimes, nervous destructure causes similar conditions. After revealing the real source of the problem, doctors prescribe the necessary methods of curing. Patients may need sleeping pills, day napping, breathing devices for sleep apnea, and so on. Clients get tips about everyday actions that provide better dreaminess which include walkings in the fresh air, the elimination of coffee and alcohol,and reducing stress levels by having more rest.  Fixing sleep deprivation requires comfort conditions: silent dark atmosphere, medium soft pillow, cool temperature. Occasionally, a specialist can recommend acupuncture as a way of treatment or meditation sessions.