We've all gone through and can remember a time we were in a zombie-like state after a night of minimal sleep. Even just one night of insufficient sleep can impair your thinking, disrupt your body's biological processes, and impact energy levels. In this article we answer the question; what is sleep deprivation and discuss the consequences of sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation is when you don't get the sleep you need, usually around 7-9 hours each night. It is estimated that over one-third of American adults suffer from insufficient sleep—a problem that, unfortunately, has only gotten worse over the years.
Sleep deprivation and sleep insufficiency can be categorized in a few different ways:
Lack of sleep impacts how we think, feel, and act. While the short-term impacts are more apparent, over-time sleep deprivation can dramatically increase the risk of developing serious long-term diseases.
The consequences of sleep deprivation can be serious and far-reaching. For example, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year nearly 100,000 traffic crashes can be directly attributed to drowsy driving resulting in more than 70,000 serious injuries and 1,500 deaths.
Chronic sleep deprivation can also contribute to a number of health problems. Such as:
It should come as no surprise that lack of sleep is linked to a lower quality of life and an increased risk of death. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and prevention) states that over 6,000 deaths are caused each year by drowsy driving. Furthermore, sleep deprivation is thought to add over $400 billion in productivity loses and healthcare cost in the United States alone each year.
There are many symptoms of sleep deprivation. These include:
Your doctor can often diagnose sleep deprivation just by discussing your symptoms with you. This, however, may not always reap the greatest result. Meet Reveal, the world's first online insomnia quiz that is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and has questions formulated by licensed therapist. Reveal can give you a percentage-based diagnosis and then recommend the most appropriate next steps to take.
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Even just one night of poor sleep can impair your thinking, disrupt your body's biological processes, and impact energy levels.
Sleep deprivation is when you don't get the recommended amount of sleep each night (7-9 hours). Over one-third of adult Americans suffer from insufficient sleep.
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