The symptoms of sleep deprivation
None of us like to feel tired, and fatigue can certainly make you grumpy, irritable and unable to function properly. Here are some of the symptoms of SLEEP DEPRIVATION:
Chronic tiredness can increase vulnerability to depression
Accentuate other mood problems such as anxiety
Sleep deprivation can also affect your performance by reducing cognitive ability - your ability to think and use your brain
Combined with drowsiness, this can greatly increase the risk of accidents because you're less able or quick at thinking your way fast out of a dangerous problem
Mental arithmetic and logical reasoning can slow right down
Memory is also affected by sleep deprivation, with significantly reduced immediate recall, although information acquired before sleep deprivation is normal
Reduced ability to do simple or monotonous tasks
Attention and concentration can drag a tired brain into action. However, certain aspects of these complex tasks are affected, particularly the ability to think laterally
You should seek the opinion of a doctor if you have concerns about sleep deprivation
What is sleep deprivation?
Sleep deprivation can affect more people than just the sufferer. It's affects can have a profound impact on every member of the family, however, there's little evidence that sleep deprivation causes any immediate physiological damage to the body.
What is clear though, is the affects it can have on how you feel and how your brain works.
Given time it can also start to interfere with your ability to do your job and the quality of your home life.
It should be noted that if the lack of sleep goes on for a long time, there may be some risk that it can cause some health problems, such as aggravating existing heart disease.
Ensuring the whole family gets a good nights sleep:
We believe the bedtime routine in your home should be consistent and the process applied to siblings so that going to bed happens at a regular time and follows a regular pattern.
Applying simple techniques that we outline on our TOP TIPS page everyone will get a good nights sleep.