What actually causes sleep deprivation?
“Not getting proper sleep is like preparing to die”
Most times when we talk about not getting enough sleep, we often concentrate on the quantity( that is the number of hours we sleep) and not the quality. Lying on the bed and feeling restless is as good as not getting any sleep at all. Sleep itself is work and when you don’t sleep it feels like you came back from work, laid down on the bed, and continued working. You feel exhausted.
What is Sleep Deprivation?
A few years back I was in the dark as concerns about the importance of sleep. I would go for several nights without sleep trying to get work done and I would always tell myself that resting for an hour or two was enough. I wanted to cover as much work as possible so as to get a promotion. After about two years something didn’t feel right anymore. I couldn’t think straight at the office,I became very forgetful, and I was constantly sick. I felt like I was completely worn out mentally and physically. I felt exhausted. It was almost like I was living in another person’s body. Then I told myself I needed help.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation has a massive effect on the brain and whatever affects your brain affects your whole being. Whatever affects the brain affects every other part of the body. Every reaction every other part of the body has is linked to the brain. Short-term sleep deprivation causes drowsiness, irritability, reduces decision-making ability, reduces your ability to focus, aches, and influences your weight gain or weight loss. Long-term sleep deprivation has more impact on your brain.
Causes poor memory
Normally sleep helps to keep long-term memories. While you sleep, the brain strengthens its neural connections which help for long-term memories. The brain makes connections during the day but at night it gets rid of the useless connections which it doesn’t need. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain cannot do this which later results in you having a poor memory.
Sleep helps the brain to get rid of toxins
The brain also feeds and produces by-products just like other parts of the body. Other by-products are produced in the brain due to the activities it carries out during the day and all of this accumulates in the brain. The brain can only get rid of these by-products when the brain is at rest during sleep. Lack of sleep accumulates these by-products in the brain.
Influences your creativity level
Note that this is not just for people who deal with crafts or painters. Your ability to come up with physical, mental, or social solutions to problems expresses your creativity. lack of sleep limits your ability to think out of the box.
Influences your cognitive ability
You lose the ability to do several things at the same time. Take driving for example. As a driver, your brain is at work coordinating the synchronous movements between the eyes, the hands, the legs, and other parts of your body. Lack of sleep limits this ability and that is why we hear of people dying of accidents because they were driving while being sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation could also lead to health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and inflammation. That is why I strongly recommend that you practice a sleep routine.
Try to implement a particular thing to do every day before going to sleep. Your brain. I Will record this and it will help you greatly with catching some sleep.
- Avoid Gadgets in bed.
- Avoid working with any gadgets when you’re in bed already.
- Avoid coffee before going to bed.
- Learn the art of mediation.
Sleep deprivation isn’t something you should take for granted. Your sleep is very important and you shouldn’t take it for granted. I learned that lesson the hard way. If you have trouble sleeping, practice a sleeping routine and If you have been sleep-deprived for a long time, then I suggest you consult a medical professional. It could be influenced by another illness.