Lack Of Sleep Analysis

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Baggy eyes and complaints of lack of sleep are conditions that can be seen or heard every time one goes to work or class. After reading an article entitled “Can People Get by on Four Hours ' of Sleep?” where figures like Margaret Thatcher was praised for their ability to accomplish what they did while reportedly only sleeping approximately four hours a night. Sleepless nights are not only over-glorified but spreading like wildfire. Not only for the typical young adult like myself juggling school, work and relationships but even our world 's leaders and everyone in between. Get off work late, finish an assignment, and go to bed, only to have to be forced out of bed three hours later and do it all over again. Christmas is approaching, children …show more content…
Complaints of tiredness are usually met with "Suck it up, I do such and such activity until midnight then get up for work at 5 A.M. every day, and I 'm all right." Little does that person realize that neither one of them is living up to their potential each day. That type of response is not only typical but proof of how much sleep deprivation affects our minds. Sleep Deprivation affirms that lack of sleep reduces not only fine motor skills, decision-making, memory, and judgment, but can even impair our ability to feel empathy and loss (4668-4673). Sleep deprivation lowers our brain power and ability to feel for our fellow man, two defining factors that separate us from other animals. With reasoning skills diminished, we will be eluded by the proper mindset to recognize that one is struggling or falling behind in their daily activities and that more sleep may be required. Some people might even mistake this as a shortcoming in themselves, causing even more sleep to be missed trying to improve in those areas they feel they are lacking. Breaking that type of cycle can be tough, even more, so if you have robbed yourself of the ability to accurately look at a situation, pinpoint the root of the problem and handle it in a healthy and efficient …show more content…
Eight or nine hour work days, on top of social obligations, and the occasional sucker punches life tends to throw at us make it hard to find time to get the sleep we need. How we manage the little time we have can make all the difference, though. If sleep is lost because of responsibility induced stress, maybe cutting back on those duties should be considered. Maybe not for good, but long enough that you can get yourself centered and healthy again and gradually increase the workload until that perfect equilibrium is found. "A NASA study led by renowned sleep scientist Mark Rosekind found that a short nap can boost workers ' output by 34%" (Drained, 54-58). Consider for a moment, if an individual’s output in the workplace was 34% higher would they need to go into work early, or stay late? All of that time that was spent spacing off, rubbing itchy eyes, taking a breaks, and scrolling through Facebook each morning, prompted by the fact that you can 't drag yourself out of bed could be spent getting that report typed up, preparing for that test, or even taking a nap so that you can go through the rest of your day fully focused. If that is the case, one has to be willing to give up something to get that time the body needs to sleep. So ask yourself, what is worse? Giving up on one thing so you can take care of yourself or slowly watching your performance and satisfaction in other areas of life degrade

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