Sleep Deprivation is a state of inadequate quantity and quality sleep, which caused by any type of sleep problems. People may have sleep deprivation at some points in life. Ongoing sleep deprivation could be more serious and affects their health. 

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the number of sleep hours should fall a range of hours depends on aging.

Age
Newborn to 3 months old
Hours Needed
14 – 17 hrs


4 to 11 months old12 – 15 hrs
1 to 2 years old11 – 14 hrs
3 to 5 years old10 – 13 hrs
6 to 13 years old 9 – 11 hrs
14 to 17 years old 8 – 10 hrs
Young adults (18 to 25 years old) 7 – 9 hrs
Adults (26 to 64 years old) 7 – 9 hrs
Older adults (65+) 7 – 8 hrs

Sleep Deprivation Affects Body – Everyone Should Know

A true story about the youngest CEO, Ranjan Das, who was just 42 years old. He was the CEO and MD of SAP Indian subcontinent and died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai.

Das was very active in sports, fitness exercises, and a marathon runner. On the 21st of October 2012, he collapsed with a massive heart attack and died after returning home from his daily gym exercise.

According to Das’s interview on DNTV not long before his death, he commonly had 4-5 hours of sleep. A well-known cardiologist revealed the heart disease can be caused by lack of sleep. Dr. Thaker posted the article regarding this tragic incidence in hoping that it can make a call to save some people’s lives.

To tell a long story short, experts concluded their opinions that Das did everything right: eating proper, food, exercising, maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum of 7 hours, that killed him.

How sleep deprivations affect bodies?

1. Decreasing in memory and nerve system functioning. Declines memory efficiency may cause impair cognition and memory loss and may associate with Alzheimer. It may cause accident prone, impaired judgment, bad decision, and work injuries.

2. Decreasing in immune systems since the immune system works harder resulting in the damaged white blood cell, decreased inability to resist virus and bacteria. We got cold and illness easily when we had sleep deprivation.

3. Negatively affects emotion due to stress, fell asleep during the daytime, and reduce your ability to interact socially. You may feel grumpy easily during the day after the sleep-deprived night, that will affect work performance, child’s school performance, and social relationship.

4. May cause dysfunctional problems to the bowel and the digestive system. These are caused by deferred morning toilet and breakfast when we are still sleeping in the morning. 

5. Affect growth hormone, which is necessary for growing muscle and fat, causing more fat in your body, and associated with diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

6. May cause eating disorders since the decline in eating control substance in your body.

7. Decreasing in growth hormone, which is important for balancing metabolism and repairing tissue, causing unhealthy skin and rapid old aged appearance.

8. Decreasing melatonin, which has functioning as an antioxidant, and may cause inflammation and allergy.

Reference: www.thaihealth.org

Sleep is Very Important to Our Body

Not all people realize when they cannot sleep well or eat well and think this is a normal life they have to encounter each day. Actually, It is necessary to learn the importance of quality sleep and significant effects on the body and brain when we lack sleep or have poor sleep.

I know well a person with stroke who had insomnia a week before. His family learned thereafter that he could not sleep because of his high blood pressure and did not realize the importance of that sleep problem is a sign of a serious health issue. If the individual realized and addressed the sleep issue, he could be treated timely and would not have had that tragedy.

I know well a baby who cried at night during the first three months due to the colic pain. The family dynamic was affected by the baby sleep problems and that also caused sleep and health issues to the family.

Many people have had sleep problems for a long time. One of my co-workers experienced insomnia in his lifetime during the past years. Needless to say how he felt tired and sleepiness during the day.

Anxiety and stress can cause sleep problems not able to sleep or stay asleep. Quality of sleep is more important than the quantity of sleep. I had ever lied on the bed and closed my eyes, but my brain and nerve could not rest due to having anxiety and stress. The poor sleep diminished my ability to focus during the following day.

What Happens With Your Sleep Deprivation

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People experience physical problems when they do not have a good sleep. I experienced by myself as well.

Your brain does not function well and loses focus on doing things.

You can be ill easily due to decreases in the immune system.

Your blood pressure increase, causing bad mood, stress, and depression during the day.

Your bowel and digestive system may not function effectively and worsen constipation, because deferred toilet time and meal during sleeping in the morning.

You may have an eating disorder.

Other internal sleep deprivation effects on your body when you do not have good quality sleep such as,

Growth hormone which is important for balancing metabolism and repairing tissue decreased. Children that sleep well is potentially taller than children that lack quality sleep.

Your body does not generate melatonin to a certain level, which may cause inflammation and allergy.

In Conclusion

It is important to have adequate quality sleep for your healthiness and longevity. If you think your sleep deprivation is caused by sleep problems that you cannot control, you will find out what causes the problem and treat them as soon as possible. You will find more information about Sleep Disorders and Techniques for Remedies.

Nature Sleep

You may also try foods and herbs that improve sleep such as fish, yogurt, cherries, bananas, and nuts, just to name a few. You can explore Natural Sleep Foods, Natural Sleep Herbs, or Nature Sleep formula for help improve sleep quality.

Wish you have good sleep,

Priscilla, TreatmentOfSleepDisorders.com

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24 Comments

Bob · February 19, 2019 at 8:14 pm

very interesting

Kehinde Segun · February 19, 2019 at 11:48 pm

Thank you for this educating post. This one best I have actually read in a very long time. Sleep is very important for our body system, especially for the brain and veins. I have never think that not sleeping  well is cool. But I always take my mum to hospital for her to check her high blood pressure for her t have sound sleep. Very interesting article

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Hi Kehinde,

    Thanks for your review and comments. It is good to watch out her blood pressure. Hope your mom and you have good sleep and be healthy.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

faftop · February 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm

Educative post. I love the simplicity at which you write, short, precise and straight to point. I remember the time i had insomnia, It affects me in almost everything. It was then, i know how important sleep is. I wish everyone could follow that table on number of sleep hours as regards to age. Nursing women hardly get up to 5hours sleep.

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Hi Faftop, thanks for your review and comments. It is hard for some careers to get enough sleep. I hope employers are fare to employees concerning health and wellness. The return is more productivity from employees.

    So do I. I wish my family and friends have good quality enough sleep.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

Aweda Olakunle · February 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm

Hey Priscillia,

I stay awake alot and i am very sleep deprived but reading your post has enlightened me and i understand the need for sleep and the severe consequences sleep deprivation can cause.I have to get more rest so as to avoid any damage to my body. I would also like to know. if you sleep for only 5 hours and thereabouts, are you also sleep deprived. If yes, what can you do to correct this? Thanks

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Hi Aweda,

    I know people who sleep less around 5 hours a day due to their family circumstances or work. Some can do that because they have healthy genes and good metabolism than others. However, ongoing less sleep affects their bodies, brains, cognition, etc. They have health risks either in short-term or long-term. The symptoms may happen when they get older. The new study also revealed the risks of heart disease and Alzheimer. If you can have a nap during, it may help.

    I wish you can find ways to sleep close to 7 hours a day.
    Cheer,
    Priscilla

Nsikakabasi · February 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm

I had no ideas although as a trader I tend to spend most of my hours awake and don’t tkeep to the time you stated.

How bad could it be. What would be the effect that’s what’s running through my mind now.

I had no ideas about how thus could affect one thanks to your post have learnt that part now I just have to adjust my working schedule to one which would benefit me more.

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Hi Nsikakabasi,

    Thanks for sharing your review and experience. When we are young our bodies can stay awake longer and sleep less. It affects out bodies in long-term if we keep having less sleep. That trades off our health. I hope you will have quality enough sleep.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

Funmi · February 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

Amazing article! Sometimes we think we can cheat sleep by doing more when in fact we are hurting our body more. Ranjan Das’ story is really an awakening, thanks for sharing the links to dive in more deeper into the issues and remedies around sleep. I personally think we need to ask some important questions, The Whys? Those kinds of questions will help support those with sleep issues. 

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Hi Funmi,

    Thanks for the review and comments. You shared a good thought. Thanks so much.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

Lars · February 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

Thank you for sharing an article on a very important topic. I know for sure that I should sleep a bit more than I do but in the evening I feel like doing so much different stuff that going to bed early isn’t a priority despite the fact that I have to get up at 5:30 am.

In a previous job, when I was a lot younger, I sometimes had to be awake for more than 36 hours but since it wasn’t that often, I caught up was I was behind relatively fast. 

As you write in the article too, getting enough rest isn’t prioritized as high as eating well and exercising but it really should. It is like a three-legged stool, if you remove one leg, the stool, with you on it, will fall over.

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Hi Lars,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. There are so much things to do in a day in our lives. It happened to me for years that I slept 5-6 hours due to my work, road traffic, and family responsibility. I was not fresh during the day. And not too long I changed my behavior because I wanted to live long and be healthy. I know you did as well.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

Vapz · February 19, 2019 at 11:54 pm

Sleep deprivation is a health is that a lot of peopledo not either know about or take seriously. I have quite a good number of friends who swear that 3-5 hours sleep is all their body needs but some of these people are sometimes grumpy or are falling asleep at work during the day. 

I personally had the experience of weight gain caused by sleep deprivation. I was working remotely and had to be up so many hours every night with no naps during the day. And in 2months I gained so much weight that I have not completely lost till today. There needs to be a lot of education on the consequences of sleep deprivation. Thank you for doing your part in this struggle. 

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Hi Vapz,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It is never be too late to adjust our sleep behavior and be back to what is best.for our health. I had been in that stage before. I realized that I wanted to be healthy and live longer. That thought influences me to choose to eat well and sleep well.

    Cheer,
    Priscilla

radeetalam · February 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Hello Priscilla,

Thanks for such a helpful post. I did not now about Sleep Deprivation much before reading your post. I came to know how important proper sleep is and how to maintain it. I think I had some misconception before reading the article, but they are all gone now. I am going to share your post with all my friends and family members.

Thanks again for the post. 🙂

Radeet

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Hi Radeet,

    Thank you for the comments, I am glad that this post is useful. Thanks for sharing my post.

    Have you a better sleep and be healthy!
    Cheer,
    Priscilla

Luke · February 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Hi Priscilla, very good and informative article about Sleep deprivation. Your article was very interesting to read but it also makes me worry a bit. I don`t sleep enough because at my current job I work on three shifts, that includes also night shift and because of changing biorhythm, my sleeping is pretty massy sometimes. I`ll visit your website again, thanks for sharing with us!

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Thank you Luke for stopping by.
    Now you are young enough to work three shifts. When you have ways out, you will figure it out. I believe being healthy and having longevity are more valuable than anything else.

    Cheer,
    Priscilla

Kenechi · February 19, 2019 at 11:56 pm

It is no doubts knowing the negative effects of sleep deprivation. There are a lot of health challenges one who does not have enough sleep could suffer. Impaired vision and focus can be caused as a result of insufficient sleep. It is not limited to this. There is so many cons associated with lack of sufficient sleep. 

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Hi Kenechi, thank you for your review. I agree there are so many cons from lack of sleep. Sometimes the symptoms gradually happen when we grow older.

    Cheer,
    Priscilla

Leo · February 20, 2019 at 12:08 am

Hey Priscilla,

Since I’m a big fan of herbs.

I’m going to propose some other great herbs that can help in the treatment of sleep deprivation.

Medicinal plants are my favorite way in the treatment of insomnia.

For people who have trouble sleeping, I would suggest two other excellent plants along with Valerian: Ashwagandha and St Johns-wort. They are not as strong as Valerian, but a cup of tea will easily make you fall asleep. These two plants can be easily grown in your garden.

Have a nice day,

Leo

    Priscilla · February 21, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Hi Leo, thank you for sharing about other excellent herbs. I will check it out.

    Cheer!
    Priscilla

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