Sleep Deprivation Basic Outline

Sleep Deprivation Basic Outline - Have you ever been...

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Have you ever been paranoid of something you knew just couldn't be real? Have you ever behaved in a manner that made you ask quietly, "why did I do that?"? Have you ever done something over and over again that led you to negative consequences, hoping for a different result but never attaining one? If any of these questions applied to you, as they have for me, then you may have suffered from Sleep Deprivation. Today I'd like to tell you about the Causes and Effects of Sleep Deprivation and offer potential solutions for dealing with these debilitating problems. I myself have struggled with many causes and occurrences of sleep deprivation throughout my entire life. Let me assure you, my research has led me to some very enlightening information. Today we will be taking a look at what sleep deprivation is, what causes it, how it affects us and some potential solutions. Let's take a closer look at what sleep deprivation really is... 1. What is Sleep Deprivation? According to the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI, NIH) it's ‘a condition that occurs when you don't get enough sleep’. It can be chronic or acute, and can have lasting, highly detrimental health consequences. Bad Habits Major Life Changes Becoming a Parent Chronic Illness 2. What does it do for us? Necessary for our nervous system to function properly. Gives neurons a chance to repair themselves. Reduces the breakdown of proteins during REM sleep. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which happens as a result of heightened brain activity, declines as we get older giving us less time to effectively & efficiently process information in this heightened state of brain activity whilst asleep. 3. How much sleep do we really need? Varies but the average is 7-9 hours for adults. It is worth mentioning a few studies that have been done showing that major depression is better treated by administering sleep depriving behaviour to a daily routine and mania
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