Sleep Deprivation, Disorders, and Drugs

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Picture of a man with Insomnia (Microsoft, 2009) o of an individual with Hypersomnia (Microsoft, 2009) Parasomnia: Things that go bump in the night (Microsoft, 2009) Running Head: SLEEP DEPRIVATION, DISORDERS 1 Gary D. Neer Sleep Deprivation, Disorders, and Drugs PSY/240 Thea Lawton January 17 th , 2009
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SLEEPING DISORDERS 2 Sleep Deprivation, Disorders, and Drugs When I was in my late teens, I was in the military on a submarine. The hours on the submarine corresponded to 18 hours days. Six hours on duty, six hours working on paper work, and six hours to eat, to shower, to study, and to sleep. After the second week of losing sleep, my body began to weaken. My mood became irritable and my behavior seemed antisocially. Additionally, my cognitive skills and motor skills slowed. Paralleling with Pinel (2007), the sleep deprivation that I experience affected my performance. I was unable to function at the performance level that was required of me. Is so much that my body began decreasing in function; continuing to loose sleep could have resulted in such long term-affects as high blood pressure, mental impairments, heart failure, and developing psychiatric issues (e.g. depression and mood disorders). Knowing how important sleep is and understanding such disorders as Insomnia, Hypersomnia, and Parasomnia and the treatments can assist in these disorders can assist an individual in the reduction of long-term affects and can prolong an individual’s life allowing one to enjoy a long, happy, and productive life. Insomnia
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SLEEPING DISORDERS 3 Insomnia is the failure to sleep adequately or to have any sleep (WebMD, 2009). Insomnia is characterized by restlessness, sleep interruptions, decreased sleeping time (WebMD, 2009). There are many subcategories related to insomnia. Two of the most common are s leep apnea and restless legs syndrome. Sleep apnea is a condition distinguished by a periodic reduction in or a complete stop of breathing during sleep (WebMD, 2009). Normally, an individuals’ brain sends a signal to the respiratory muscles to expand and bring air into the lungs. If an individual as sleep apnea, his or her brain sends signals but the muscles do not expand due to obstruction of air flow or the brain fails to send the signal
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2010 for the course PSY/265 PSY/265 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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