Charlotte – Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is when you lack sleep, which causes problems with your health. Some of the short terms effects of lack of sleep is that it will make your ability to process information slower. When you miss one hour of sleep, it will result to making your alertness for the day decrease 32%. And will make you not able to perform something to the best of your abilities. Also driving when tired has caused 100,000 car crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths, according to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The long term effects of sleep deprivation is high blood pressure, heart disease, heart failure, stoke, weight loss or weight gain, depression or other psychiatric problems, and mental impairment. But there’s good news, sleep deprivation is preventable. If you go to the bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, you will get into a routine. Avoid naps, because they will make you feel more awake when its time to go to bed. Late in the day avoid caffeine, because it will cause you to feel more awake because it stimulates the brain. Exercise daily but avoid exercising before you go to bed, the recommended time you should exercise is 4-5 hours before you go to bed. Make sure the temperature in the room is right, not to hot or not to cold, make sure the room is dark and the room is quiet. If noise or light is a problem, you can always wear a sleeping mask, or have a fan to cover the noise. To help you unwind before you go to bed, have a nice warm bath, read a nice book or listen to your jams. If you have any worries or are stressed for the next day, write a to do list of all the things you need to do the next day. Every night you should sleep around 8-9 hours minimum. If you want to get enough sleep, but you have homework, be organised and do it right away instead of leaving it to the last minute. Sleep deprivation relates to me, because school starts really early, so I have to wake up even earlier, which makes me really tired by the end of the day, so it affects me. I used think that being tired didn’t have that much of an effect on your health, but, now I realise sleep is really important and not enough can damage your health.