Essay Effects of Sleep Deprivation

871 Words Mar 9th, 2008 4 Pages
Sleep is an essential part of life. Without sleep, the body does not get the energy that it needs to function. Yet a large amount of people do not get anywhere near the amount of sleep they need. Whether it is because of medical reasons or because there just is not enough time in the day, sleep deprivation is a major problem in today's society. The many people who do not get enough sleep usually end up suffering the consequences. No good can come from not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation has many negative effects, most serious of which are a decline in proficiency in school or work, emotional irrationalness, medical maladies, and serious weight changes. Sleep deprivation causes problems for people during the day. When a person …show more content…
People are more likely to cry, yell, or act in some other irrational way. Other people, instead of reacting irrationally towards others, tend to respond in quite the opposite way. Sleep deprivation can turn some people lazy and apathetic, so they seem to be walking around in a daze. In some cases, a lack of sleep can even lead to depression or other serious mental ailments. These odd behaviors can also lead to relationship problems. People do not want their friends to be moody or short with them. So, in addition to being easily irritated, when you are sleep deprived you can end up making relationships with your friends turn bad. Sleep deprivation does not only cause mental and emotional problems for people. There can be serious medical repercussions for those who do not sleep. First, when your body is busy searching for some kind of energy source to keep running, it puts less focus on other things. Immune systems suffer from sleep deprivation. When a person's immune system is not running at full capacity it is more likely that person will get sick, be it a common cold or something much more serious. In serious cases, sleep deprivation can even lead to death. Getting sleep at night is like recharging the body's "batteries". Without this sleep a body does not have enough energy to keep things running. If serious sleep deprivation continues over a period of time, the body just basically shuts down and stops working. Sleep deprivation can also effect how much a

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