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.
Newborn to 3 months old
14 – 17 hrs
|4 to 11 months old||12 – 15 hrs|
|1 to 2 years old||11 – 14 hrs|
|3 to 5 years old||10 – 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.
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
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.
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.
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,