Overview Of Sleep Deprivation

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The world record for days with out sleep is 11 days and 24 minutes, set by Randy gardener in 1964 (Rubio, 2015, para. 2). Since 1964 many have tried to break this record, but the effects of sleep deprivation had to many serious effects and it is no longer advised to undergo long periods with out sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation the body goes through five stages. The first two stages consist of the body falling asleep. During stages three and four the body completely relaxes and blood flow is increased. This brings restoration to muscles, organs, and the brain. Hormones including growth hormones are released during these stages. The growth hormones rebuild muscles and strengthen the body. The final stage of sleep is called …show more content…
These day-to-day effects are not fun but temporary, and go away with a quick nap. The first, and obvious effect of getting less than the required seven to eight hours of sleep per night is tiredness. Tiredness comes as a groggy, sluggish feeling that makes it possible to fall asleep anywhere. When the brain is tired it is slower which effects attention. Lack of attention is an effect of not sleeping enough and not paying attention leads to forgetfulness. A brain that is not paying attention is going to have a difficult time remembering what is going on. Another effect of being not paying attention is appearing to be dumbed down. Again a groggy brain will process information slower and forget or confuse common knowledge giving an impression of not being smart. The final effect of lack of sleep seen in daily activities is grumpiness or moodiness. A sleep-deprived brain is going to be irritable because it did not have enough time to fully recover and rest. These effects are short term and not serious. They will go away with a quick nap or a good night of …show more content…
Mother’s across the country make comments such as “Sleep is important” or “You can never catch up on sleep” but busy teenagers that believe they are invincible always ignore them. After reading the effects of not sleeping it is clear that mothers are right and lack of sleep does indeed have consequences that can interfere not only with daily life but also cause serious problems in the

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