Sleep Deprivation Is Still A Chronic Problem Essay

1656 Words Dec 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Sleep. It’s something that everyone does, and we spend about a third of our lives doing it. However most people don’t think about it that much, or perhaps think they could be more productive without it, especially because so many people have no idea what goes on during sleep. Everyone agrees that getting less than optimal sleep feels terrible the next day, but sleep deprivation is still a chronic problem. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent of American adults are sleeping six or fewer hours a day, which is significantly under the recommended 7-9 hours for adults by the National Sleep Foundation. There are an infinite number of articles and studies that tell you how to sleep better; turn off your electronics, wind down activities, create a regular sleeping schedule and stick to it, etc. Why is it important at all? What happens when we don’t get enough sleep? This paper is going to address the biological repercussions of sleep and lack thereof, chronic sleep disorders, and different problems and research being done about sleep.
First: What is sleep? The common definition of sleep is “a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended”. This is not very specific, because we do not know exactly what sleep is. We know it is governed by circadian rhythms, or…

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