Sleep Deprivation and Reduction, Sleep Disorders, and the Drugs used to treat them.

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It is important for everyone to get enough sleep, but many people often ignore it. If people do not get enough sleep they may experience sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can have negative effects. When people do not get enough sleep or less, they may feel crabby and unable to function as well as they usually do the next day. Balancing work and parenting as a single parent in today’s society is tough. Juggling children, work, taking care of home, and cart the children to extracurricular activities are a lot for one’s plate. As single parent I had my share of sleepless nights as well, mostly when either my children fall sick or when I work extra shift at work. The last time I remember when I had a sleepless night was when both of these …show more content…

When talking to the doctor he had to constantly repeat himself because I couldn’t keep up with what he was saying or I had forgotten what he had said. Driving back home I couldn’t concentrate on the road and it had got to the point that I had nod off while driving. After the long day at the doctor’s office and the trip to the drug store my daughter was tried that gave me the opportunity to take nap. After the nap I felt more like myself, even though my daughter was still ill. Sleep deprivation has negative effect on one’s mood, cognitive function, motor performance, and physiological function. (Pinel, 2007). A person may experience three consistent effects if they receive 3 or 4 hours of sleep in one night (Pinel, 2007). First consistent effect, a person may experience increase in sleepiness. If given the opportunity they may fall asleep quickly (Pinel, 2007). Second consistent effect, a person may display mood swings. And third, a person’s performance may be poorly. Insomnia is a common sleep disorders that prevent a person from getting restful sleep. Insomnia is a sleep disorder of difficulty falling asleep or waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep (Pinel, 2007). People who suffer with this sleeping disorder may sleep 6 hours or more a night, but they believe that they should sleep more (Pinel, 2007). Doctors will prescribe drugs for a patient suffering from insomnia sleep disorder. Some drugs that can be used

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