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Sleep Deprivation
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Find out more about sleep deprivation below.
 
     
  Getting enough sleep is a vital, dynamic part of a healthy lifestyle. The body needs adequate rest each night for a variety
of reasons, including:

• fighting illnesses
• strengthening the immune system
• repairing damaged tissues
• digestion
• detoxification
• hormonal balance
• maintaining cognitive health

Sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency have much in common. But they are actually considered to be two different conditions in the opinion of some experts. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,
“sleep deficiency” is said to occur if you meet one or more of the following qualifications:


• You don’t get enough sleep (you experience regular sleep deprivation).
• You sleep at the wrong time of day. This may mean not being able to sleep at night, but then taking naps during the
   day as a result of daytime fatigue. An abnormal sleep schedule is a sign that your body’s “natural clock” is not
   operating properly.
• You don’t get the type of restorative sleep that your body needs. This includes deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
   REM is the type you need to restore many bodily processes and keep your body in balance.
• You have a sleep disorder. Various disorders can keep you from getting enough sleep, such as sleep apnea, insomnia,
   anxiety disorders or others. These can cause you to struggle to fall asleep, or to periodically wake up throughout the
   night.

Here are some eye-opening sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency statistics:

• Around 1.3 million people in the UK are estimated to have some type of chronic sleep disorder. This is around 1 in every
  5 or 6 people.
• Approximately 8–18 percent of the general population struggles with insomnia.
• Sleep deficiency has been found to be more common among adults between 40–59 than any other age group.
• Data from the National Health Interview Survey showed that about 30 percent of adults get on average less than
  6 hours of sleep per day.
• Around 35 percent of people report getting less than 7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period. Forty-eight
  percent report snoring. Around 38 percent report “unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the
  preceding month.”
• About 5 percent of drivers say they occasionally nod off or fall asleep while driving at least once per month.

Sleep deprivation affects more than just busy, stressed adults. It’s also a growing problem among teenagers and
college-aged young adults too. Sleep deprivation negatively affects their performance in school, moods and behaviours.

Causes of Sleep Deprivation
What usually causes sleep deprivation in adults, and how do these causes differ from those in teens or even children?

Surveys suggest that sleep deficiency is typically due to the following factors:
• Sleeping on a mattress which is not suitable or no longer fit for purpose.
• A demanding, busy schedule. This can include lots of time commuting and family obligations.
• High amounts of stress.
• Effects of certain medications or stimulants.
• Alcohol consumption or using other stimulants.
• Eating a poor diet that can lead to blood sugar fluctuations.
• Eating too close to bedtime, or not eating enough with dinner/later in the day (such as if you’re fasting).
• Pregnancy and experiencing other hormonal changes.

The less sleep you get, and the longer this pattern continues, the more severe the negative effects of sleep deprivation on your health will be. Lack of sleep can take a toll on well-being whenever you’re not getting enough of one of the two basic types of sleep. These include the stages of sleep called “rapid eye movement” (REM) and “non-REM.”
 
     
 
         
 
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