Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment


Do you feel grumpy and foggy most of the days? If so, you must be suffering from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a common sleep problem affecting many people at some point in their lives .

When an individual gets less sleep than required to feel awake and alert, it is called sleep deprivation. Children and young adults are more prone to sleep deprivation and healthy older adults are more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation .

When you don't get the required amount of sleep, sleep deprivation occurs. Not getting proper sleep can be due to the following reasons:

People with sleep deprivation also tend to have feelings of worthlessness, failure, low self-esteem, poor job performance and conflicts with co-workers.

The doctor will ask about your ongoing sleep cycle. The doctor may then use a polysomnogram or sleep study to identify your sleep pattern. The sleep-deprived person will sleep overnight at a sleep clinic with electrodes placed at various points on the body, including the scalp and face to measure breathing, heart rate and rhythm, blood, muscle activity, brain and eye movements during sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommend the sleep durations for specific age groups:

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