The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on an Individual HealthINTRODUCTIONImagine being forced to stay up for a whole week, without any food, chained by the wrists and ankles, wearing only a black hood and a diaper, whilst being sexually humiliated, threatened, and made to listen to kids TV themes 24/7 at deafening volumes. It’snot my idea of a good time. Up until 2009, this was standard practise by the US military, a perfectly legal and ‘humane’ way to interrogate prisoners. But how did we get to this stage? Who conceived such bizarre forms of interrogation and why did the rest of the world just look on and accept this behaviour in the name of freedom and justice?1. Why should someone be deprived from sleep which is vital to his/her life? Imagine not being tortured into sleep deprivation but it naturally occurs night after night? You may ask yourself what I did to deserve this. Am I being punished? After a typical night's sleep, you may not feel restored and refreshed and be sleepy during the day, but be totally unaware that you are sleep-deprived or have a sleep disorder. You might think, "It's just the stress of work or the kids," or you might have "always felt this way" and had no idea that you should feel differently. This lack of awareness compounds the consequences, because so many people remain undiagnosed for years.2 It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffers from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.3I am Confident that sleep deprivation negatively affects an Individuals health.