Essay on Sleep Deprivation : Causes And Effects

2026 Words Apr 15th, 2015 9 Pages
Sleep deprivation is a major problem in today’s fast paced society. A person’s lifestyle and his or her environment have a big impact on just how much this deprivation impairs him or her. Sleep deprivation can have several possible causes and its effects are different in each case; however, there are several types of sleep disorders that cause sleep deprivation that have consequential effects.
There are several types of sleep disorders that cause one to experience sleep deprivation such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome (RLS), and sleep apnea. Insomnia can be caused by stress, jet lag, and diet, tending to increase with age; nevertheless there are several factors that contribute to insomnia in a person. One such factor that may lead one to obtaining insomnia is food; however, even medication can be a leading cause. “Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and drugs such as diet pills and decongestants stimulate some parts of the brain and can cause insomnia, or the inability to sleep”(“Understanding Sleep” 2). Considering the fact that caffeine is a well-known substance that helps keep people up this information would make sense on how caffeine may lead to insomnia. Stress can cause a person to have to be constantly pondering on a subject or a problem going on, and this increased mental activity is what can keep one up at night, as well as wake up in a panic without getting an adequate amount of sleep, being that the stress is not allowing one to sleep or stay asleep. Those that…

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