Sleep Deprivation And Its Effects On Physical, Emotional, And Mental Health

721 Words Feb 4th, 2015 3 Pages
Today in America, “40% of adults and 70% of adolescences are sleep deprived” (Collins, 2014). Sleep is extremely important to each individual’s life. In fact, 2/3 of our lives are spent awake, and the remaining 1/3 of our lives is spent sleeping. Sleep can be defined, as the “period of unconsciousness during which the brain remains highly active. It is a complex biological process that helps people process new information, stay healthy, and rejuvenate (Sleep: Condition Information, 2013). As seen in the documentary, sleep deprivation is extremely significant, and has led to countless preventable accidents. However, accidents, due to sleep deprivation, will still occur unless people become more educated about the importance of sleep. Sleep deprivation has an overall negative impact on physical, emotional, and mental health.
Having a strict and persistent sleep routine is key to healthy sleeping. Our body regulates sleep by using two different internal systems: sleep/wake homeostasis and the circadian biological clock. The circadian clock is also known as a twenty-four hour period of rhythms (Sleep Drive and your Body Clock, 2015). Circadian rhythms are characterized, as “physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism 's environment” (Circadian Rhythms, 2015). Regulating sleep is very important for all humans and a sleep pattern will help them function. An average human requires 7.5 to…

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