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Sleep And Our Well Being

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What is sleep deprivation ?                                           

Sleep deprivation is when an individual gets less sleep than needed to feel awake, fresh and alert. Some people such as older adults seem to be more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation, while others, especially children and young adults, are more vulnerable.

 You need sleep as much as you need to breathe and eat. While you’re sleeping, your body is busy tending to your physical and mental health and getting you ready for another day.

  Causes of Sleep Disturbance – 

  • Poor sleep habits or Disorder of sleep wake cycle -If you don’t keep a steady schedule for going to bed and waking up, it can affect your body’s internal clock and make it even harder to get good sleep. Nap too much, or stay in bed when you’re not sleeping. If your days are too idle, you may find it harder to get good sleep.
  • Sleep disturbance primarily because they don’t recognize the importance of sleep. Some groups of people may consider sleep as wasted time and purposely deprive themselves of sleep in order to pursue other things such as entertainment, educational goals or money-making pursuits and consciously disregard the need for sleep.
  • Environmental events, such as excessive noise, too much light
  • Emotional factors such as Relationship changes and family difficulties, Worry, stress, or grief. 
  • Insomnia, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Acute Stress disorder, Tension Headaches, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Unrecognized sleep disorders, such as sleep walking, nightmares or insomnia, restless, periodic limb movement disorder, and REM behavior disorder
  • Some medications, including those for asthma or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder .Some drugs make it harder to fall or stay asleep, or even stimulate you to stay awake.
  • The underlying medical problems like Sleep breathing disorders, like sleep apnea.
  • Students are particularly prone to sleep disturbance. Simply starting school or college, adjusting to life can be very stressful and have an impact on the student’s ability to sleep properly, keeping up with the ongoing academic and social demands of college life.
  • For students in hostel, P.G. set up, who room together, differences in nightly routines can cause sleep disturbance, as can interpersonal frictions and tensions.
  • Between meeting academic deadlines and socializing, the college student’s schedule can become highly erratic
  • The use of alcohol and caffeine interfere with normal sleep patterns
  • The intentional sleep deprivation is most likely to be seen in teenagers and young adults. Others may unintentionally not get enough sleep because of shift work, family obligations or demanding jobs.


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