Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Don't let Sleep Deprivation Ruin your Day !

The effects on your mind and body are extreme when you tossed and turned all night missing out on quality REM sleep that might make you think twice about staying up late and getting up early !
A shortage of quality sleep can leave you feeling tired, cranky, hungry and irritable. But it turns out, a lack of sleep can affect you in a lot of ways that go beyond triggering those basic feelings. Fifty-three percent of Americans are snoozing less than the recommended seven hours each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. So what can a shortage of shut-eye cause? Some of the things you do might surprise you!
Sleep deprivation can actually increase your chances of developing false memories. After a night of no sleep, people were more likely to report that they saw incorrect information in a series of photos they viewed in the morning. When in reality, they just read those fake details in a separate narrative afterward and unconsciously merged them into their memory. But people who saw the photos at night and then got an adequate night's sleep didn’t “misremember” anything when tested in the morning.
When you didn't get the proper amount of sleep you become a little more testy with day to day tasks. Those feelings can translate to some acts of office disobedience, anger, and downright rudeness to others in your path.The lack of sleep depletes your ability to self-regulate your emotions and your behavior, making you more likely to do something you’d consider destructive in other cases but act upon irrationally out of emotions.
Lack of sleep might also impair your ability to think and see clearly. Talk about a case of "beer goggles" all the time. When people are sleep deprived, they rated photos of men and women who they considered least attractive and moderately attractive as significantly more attractive than they did when they had enough sleep. The increased activity in the reward centers of the brain and decreased inhibitory activity in the frontal lobe might explain these findings. When your cognitive resources are depleted by sleep deprivation, you can’t put them toward discerning a potential partner. The result: You become less picky on array of things not just a potential person to be with.
This brings me to "sleeping and driving". Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old.Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.
Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. People who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.The most common sleep disorder, insomnia, has the strongest link to depression. In fact, insomnia is often one of the first symptoms of depression.
So get your sleep in check. You need to have quality sleep, 7-9 hours a night on a CONSISTENT basis. You can't "bank" your sleep from day to day if you miss out so ensure that you are sleeping enough each day and take a nap if you can !

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