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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.

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