Sleep Deficiency : A Common Health Problem Essay

1100 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
How many nights have you stayed up late working, studying, binge watching Netflix or you just could not fall asleep? How many times have you regretted it the next morning? You have probably made yourself a cup—or three cups—of coffee, or made time for a little power nap during your break, but no matter how many naps or cups of coffee, the fatigue always seemed to creep back up on you. It is most likely that you are suffering from sleep deficiency. The amount of sleep that a person needs changes depending on their age. On average, teens need around 9 hours of sleep while adults should get 7-8 hours (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). In recent years, sleep deficiency has become a common health problem; almost a third of adults and teens have reported to receive significantly less sleep than what is recommended (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Sleep deficiency can be caused by not getting enough sleep, sleeping at the wrong time, or having a sleep disorder that prevents adequate or quality sleep (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2012). Sleeping plays an important role in the physical and mental wellbeing of a person, so when suffering from sleep deficiency it can have many negative physical and psychological side effects such as attention deficits, depression, and cardiometabolic diseases.

Sleep deficiency alters brain activity and the way it functions. Sleep is essential for the health and function of the brain. Not receiving…

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