Sleep Deprivation

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Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation!

You may be sleep deprived if you...Need an alarm clock in order to wake up on time.Rely on the snooze button.Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.Feel sluggish in the afternoon.Get sleepy in meetings, classes, ect.Get drowsy after heavy meals or when driving.Need to nap to get through the day.Fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing in the evening.Feel the need to sleep in on weekends.Fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed.

The effects include:Fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation.Moodiness and irritability.Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills.Inability to cope with stress.Reduced immunity; frequent colds and infections.Concentration and memory problems.Weight gain.Impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents.Difficulty making decisions.Increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.

SOLUTIONS:Naps can help pick you up and make you work more efficiently, if you plan them right. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep.Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet and dark. If you need to, get eyeshades or blackout curtains. Let in bright light in the morning to signal your body to wake up.No pills, vitamins or drinks can replace good sleep. Consuming caffeine close to bedtime can hurt your sleep, so avoid coffee, tea, soda/pop and chocolate late in the day so you can get to sleep at night. Nicotine and alcohol will also interfere with your sleep.Establish a bed and wake-time and stick to it, coming as close as you can on the weekends. A consistent sleep schedule will help you feel less tired since it allows your body to get in sync with its natural patterns. You will find that it’s easier to fall asleep at bedtime with this type of routine.Don’t eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of your bedtime. Don’t leave your homework for the last minute. Try to avoid the TV, computer and telephone in the hour before you go to bed. Stick to quiet, calm activities, and you’ll fall asleep

By: Lily Thompson


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