• INSOMNIA: THE DANGERS AND EFFECTS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION

    on Jan 16th, 2018

By: Kaitlynn T

Everyone has their own reasons for staying up late, whether it be to cram for a midterm or to catch up on the latest season of The Walking Dead. Sometimes it is not just a matter of staying up late. It can be a more serious problem: insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can be a popular problem among college students, making school and work more strenuous, but also affects a large portion of the population at some point in their lives. People typically start to lose sleep due to the increased use of technology, such as social networking and television, procrastination of homework, and stress. The effects of sleep deficiency can result in a lot of physical or psychological problems, but this may not always be the case. The results are different for everybody. In my case, if I do not get enough sleep I suffer from mood swings, diminished motivation, and difficulty processing information.

One of the main effects that little to no sleep due to insomnia has on me is increased irritability. I can sit in class and smile all day if needed, but if someone says something that I disagree with or find offensive, instead of ignoring it, I will snap. Heightened irritability also leads to the inability to communicate thoughts or ideas with others in a reasonable and sensible fashion. Berating and belittling my peers becomes difficult to avoid and typically ends in a situation that is uncomfortable for all parties involved, making it appear as though my reasoning has lessened or has become completely nonexistent which can be troublesome in a professional environment. Experiencing this first-hand, I believe that sleep deprivation has a strong effect on mood and this may cause issues at school or work for many other people who suffer from it.

Lack of sleep stresses all parts of the body, resulting in unbearable fatigue and decreased motivation. This is a feeling that many students may know all too well. Not only is the mind exhausted, but the body is too. This is the result of going several nights without at least eight hours of sleep. In effect, this makes going to school a true struggle or going to work a near impossible task. Feeling weak and drained, everyday tasks turn into monumental obstacles. When I’m not fatigued, just simply tired, even the most menial chore requires extra effort. Knowing that the extra effort is going to need to be made, I no longer see the benefits to finishing these projects. Even activities that I normally enjoy, such as seeing a movie, going shopping, or dining out, start to sound unbearable. My lack of drive caused by the severe weariness makes it extremely difficult to get myself participating in activities despite the fact that I may really want to. Unfortunately, fatigue and decreased motivation are also symptoms of depression, which often results from or coexists with insomnia.

Another effect that insomnia can have on me is the inability to focus on any one thing. Even if I am sitting in an empty room with absolutely nothing to physically distract me I still would not be able to finish an essay or work on math problems. When I am at a certain stage of being tired, I tend to zone out or daydream uncontrollably. My mind gets stuck trying to recall sentences I wanted to write down for an assignment and I get frustrated trying to get my thoughts straight. It is as though my brain is trying to shut itself down because it recognizes that it needs to reenergize. My incapacity to focus results in wasted time and additional stress which is harmful to the mind and body. Trying to get through a day without comprehending my environment can end up leaving me feeling disconnected with the world.

Insomnia is a problem that is overlooked by many and it should not be taken lightly. In the long run, lack of sleep can start to have multiple negative effects and impact people’s everyday lives. Sleep deprivation can result in mood swings, lack of drive, difficulty processing information, and many other symptoms. It is also important to note that there is a correlation between insomnia and other related sleep disorders to psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. To avoid these and other effects, getting at least eight hours of sleep every night or speaking to a sleep specialist is a great way to start.


For More https://www.respshop.com/blog/2016/03/25/insomnia-the-dangers-and-effects-of-sleep-deprivation/

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