Sleep Deprivation And The Sleep

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Sleep is a basic necessity of everyday life. According to the National Foundation of sleep, a person is required to sleep at least seven to nine hours a day. (citation) As mentioned by Matt T. Bianchi in the book Sleep Deprivation and Disease, “ The normal quantity of sleep depends on the individual and a myriad of other factors such as environment and an individual 's waking needs.” (citation) This means that the quantity of sleep that people achieve depends on their body’s needs and functions. Unfortunately, according to the Nation Foundation of Sleep, twenty percent of individuals are affected by sleep deprivation each year. This a huge number. Sleep deprivation is a lack of the required sleep a person needs in a week . It can come in…show more content…
The percentage decreases after the age of fifty. Both quality and quantity are important when it comes to sleep. If one fails to acquire the appropriate amount of R.E.M sleep and sleeps less than six hours everyday for one week, then that person would have a total sleep debt of seven to fourteen hours. The effects of not sleeping properly can be felt as soon as the next day. As mentioned before, there are two types of sleep deprivation, partial sleep deprivation and total sleep deprivation. A person is considered partially sleep deprived if he or she gets less than five hours of sleep per night. If a person gets less than three hours of sleep per night, then he or she is considered sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can either be caused by lifestyle or medical issues. Factors such as drinking coffee at night, obesity, stress, insomnia, and sleep apnea negatively affect the way one sleeps. As mentioned previously, sleep deprivation can affect one’s physically. Some of these effects include: obesity, type two diabetes and heart disease. Most of these effects are cyclical. This means that it is a repeating process. Obesity is a physical illness which results in the extreme production of fat and cholesterol. Obesity is an increasing problem in the U.S. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Obesity has more than doubled since the 1980’s. In the 2014, six hundred million adults aged eighteen and up, were suffering from obesity. Obesity
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