The Cause And Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

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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
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Researchers have found that the average person requires 8.16 hours of sleep in a night to fight against the negative effects sleep deprivation begins to have on a person. This was determined by studies consisting of forty-eight healthy persons between the age spectrum of twenty-one and thirty-eight split into four groups. The test consisted of allowing one group to sleep eight hours, another group allowed 6 hours, another four hours in two weeks, and the last was not allowed to sleep for three days at a time. Through this experiment the subjects experienced lack of motor skills and overall their performance was not up to par (“Sustained Reduced Sleep…” 1). This shows that by being deprived of sleep one is likely to perform very poorly which can be dangerous, especially in todays society as it is so fast paced being able to keep up would be near to

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