To succeed in our life, we must be abilities such as attention, fast response time, quick decisions and productive all long. When someone does not have a quality sleep, it is impossible to perform the above functions effectively even if one has the ability and potential to do it. Sleep is one of the vital ingredients for success which people often seldom give importance.
Sleep Deprivation Quote by Ryan Hurd
Sleep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves.
What are the evil effects of sleep deprived
When we lose sleep, our memory, attention, learning, mood and reaction time are significantly affected. Sleeplessness may cause inflammation, hallucination, high blood pressure. Recent researchers have found relations between sleeplessness with diabetes and obesity. Research studies suggest that women require additional one hour of sleep at night compared to men. Many experiments have verified that Women are much more vulnerable to depression because of this sleep deprivation throughout their life.
In 2015, a soccer fan died due to stroke as he was awake for 48 hours to watch the football world cup. Studies have proved that sleeping less than 6 hours per day increases stroke risk by four and half times.
Sleep expert James Mass, argues that sleep deprivation jeopardizes the quality of our lives. In a brain study done by Thomas and others in 2001, brain scans revealed that sleep deprivation causes a decrease in the brain activity mainly in the thalamus and the prefrontal cortex resulting in decline or alertness and cognitive performance. In another study done by Jeong and others, brain scans of individuals who experienced total sleep deprivation of 24 hours revealed a sharp decline in the complexity of the brain activity which adversely affects aspects of decision-making, such as the ability to deal with unexpected, innovation, revising the plans and communication.
The National Sleep Foundation conducted polling for 1600 respondents and rated their mood under four categories namely, unhappy and depressed, hopeless about future, nervous and worrying too much. The results showed that half of the adolescents fell in one of these moods and nearly 17% fell on depressive mood.
The adolescents who fell on depressive mood took a longer time to fall asleep and have sleep problems compared to others in the group. Nearly 70% of the participants reported that they are unhappy and depressed. They also reported that they feel sleepy during the day because of their disturbed sleep during the night.
Sleep’s what we need. It produces an emptiness in us into which sooner or later energies flow – John Cage
Can you die of sleep deprivation?
In many experiments using animals, the researcher found that sleep deprivation for a longer time could kill rats. In 2012, a man from China was reported died after going for 11 days without sleep. But many doubt that whether his death is only because he is sleep deprived because of his smoking and drinking habit.
Symptoms of Deprivation of Sleep
- Low Energy Level and less motivation to perform any task.
- Tiredness and Yawning
- A Headache, Tension, and Stress
- Hallucinations: Thinking that you saw something at some place which was not there.
- Highly emotional by being anger or irritation on everything.
- Microsleeps during the day: Sleeping for a short duration with eyes kept open. Though person keeps the eye open, during this nap, he is blind.
- Memory Dysfunction: Inability to recollect faces and objects.
For the complete list of effects of sleep deprivation, refer the infographics by healthline.com
Sleep plays a vital role in your body’s ability to heal and repair your blood vessels and heart. Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day.