Sleep Deprivation

January 30, 2016

Ever stay up late completing a 50-page report? How about having a baby during your last semester of your MBA? These kinds of events put you at higher risk of losing sleep. Symptoms such as headaches, loss of concentration, periods of short term memory loss, and having your professor call on you in class while sleeping could be pointing to sleep deprivation.

WebMD states these effects can occur:

  • Decreased performance and alertness
  • Memory and cognitive impairment
  • Stressed relationships
  • Poor quality of life
  • Occupational injury
  • Automobile injury
  • Medical illness
  • Temporary mood shift

A person may feel fine with six hours of sleep today but the long-term effects can put your health at risk. The average person gets six hours but the recommended sleep time is seven to eight hours sleep. Many studies point to sleep playing a role in immune system, metabolism, memory, learning, and other health essential functions.

How do combat sleep deprivation? Here are some tips:

  • Take naps: even a 15 minute nap helps
  • Use caffeine sparingly and have in morning only
  • Seek medical care such as your Dr. or a sleep specialist
  • Find your natural sleep rhythm and sleep consistently in that time period
  • Go to sleep earlier and avoid mobile devices at night


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