Sleep Deprivation, A Global Health Problem in our Modern Societies!
Sleep Deprivation is a Global Major Health Problem!
Did you know that the US $411 Billions a year in losses due to sleep deprivation and its Health related problems?
Countries are realizing the prevalence of Sleep deprivation in our modern societies, and its enormous negative effects on its economies. Some are starting to address it through their health care systems, and even put incentives for their citizens to Sleep.
One Japanese company awards its employees that sleep 6 hours a day, 5 days a week up to $570 per year.
Sleep is a Priority, not a Luxury!
Its recommended to Sleep 6-8 hrs./day for adults, and 10 hrs./day for kids, otherwise, you may suffer from chronic exhaustion that can increase risks of having:
- Heart Disease
- Decreased Immunity
- Memory deficits
- Weight gain, .35 kg gain per hour of sleep lost
Sleep Deprivation Increases risk of Early Death by 12%
During sleep, the body Heals itself and restores its Chemical Balance. The brain makes new connections and improves memory retention.
If you don’t have enough sleep, these mechanisms are disrupted which leads to Health problems mentioned previously and is incriminated as a cause of Tragic Accidents.
Effects of Sleep Deprivation are Reversible!
Most of the negative effects of sleep deprivation are Reversed when sufficient sleep is obtained to make up for the lost hours.
Restorative Sleep is The Way to counter the negative effects
Sleeping few extra hours on the weekend or whenever possible, can pay off your sleep debt and allow you to feel the positive effects quickly .
Easy to Do Healthy Sleep Habits!
Suggestions for Healthy Sleep habits that can take you a Long way:
- Routine bedtime/ wake time
- Go to bed when tired
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours prior to sleep
- Exercise during the day
- Keep bedroom quite, dark and comfortably cool
- Turn off electronic devices
Sleep Deprivation Treatments!
Treatment of sleep deprivation could be done by following Healthy Sleep Tips mentioned earlier as well as using some methods that enhance Sleep:
- Relaxation techniques like meditation
- Breathing exercises
- Stimulation control by decreasing stimulating pre-bedtime activities
- Positive calming thoughts
- Avoid drinking or eating any stimulants
We, at MyUSADr., believe that Medications could be used, but Only as Adjunct for a Short Period of time until Healthy Sleep Habits are set…
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Wael Tamim, MD, FACS