Essay about The Effects Of Mild Sleep Deprivation

963 Words May 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Everyone is tired. It seems as if no one is ever getting enough sleep. An average adult should be getting 8-9 hours of sleep within a 24-hour period. However, for many people this is just not reality. As students and faculty try to balance their busy schedules they are getting less and less sleep; they are sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation can be broken down into three categories: mild, moderate, and chronic. Mild sleep deprivation is losing about one hour to an hour and a half of sleep in a night. If this continues for a few days, it becomes moderate. Chronic sleep deprivation is regularly not getting enough sleep.
“If you can fall asleep really quickly, as in you put your head on the pillow and you are sleeping within a few minutes, then you are sleep deprived. Usually it will take 10-15 minutes to fall asleep,” said University of Sioux Falls Professor Mike Grevlos.
The main side effect of mild sleep deprivation is simply drowsiness. “After one night of losing sleep people will feel drowsy unless they stimulate themselves in order to mask it,” said Grevlos.
Other side effects of sleep deprivation: increased irritability, moodiness, difficulty maintaining attention, and a weakened immune. With chronic sleep deprivation there is also the possibility of high blood pressure and heart disease.
“The most well-known problem with chronic sleep deprivation is cognitive and mood issues. In general, it effects our ability to think,” said Grevlos.
To mask the symptoms of sleep…

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