A PEEP INTO SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Sleep deprivation is a condition where an individual fails to get sufficient sleep. About one in five adults fail go get enough sleep. On an average most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night for normal physiology even though this number varies from person to person. Younger people like teenagers need an average of about nine hours of sleep per night, and children need nine hours or more, depending on their age.
There are several cause for sleep deprivation be it voluntary behaviour, working conditions, personal obligations and last but not the least, sleep disorders or any medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
There are wide range of effects linked up to sleep deprivation which include
Day time sleepiness leading to drowsy driving, workplace injuries, Irritability, anxiety, depression etc.Attention deficits, lack of concentration, fatigue, restlessness, lack of coordination, forgetfulness, poor decisions, distractibility, reduced vigilance and other performance related issues. Increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart attack etc.
Increasing night time sleep to satisfy biological needs. There is no substitute for sufficient sleep. Short-term benefits can be derived by following means.
From intake of caffeine. It improves alertness and performance at doses of 75 mg to 150 mg after acute sleep restriction. One should exercise caution as frequent use of caffeine leads to tolerance and negative withdrawl effects.
Prophylactic nap. Getting extra sleep before a period of sleep deprivation may decrease some of the negative effects.
During periods of sleep deprivation, a power nap of 30 minutes or less may boost alertness. Sleeping more than 30 minutes, however can cause difficulty to awaken due to sleep inertia that persists after waking up.Treatment with medications after consulting a physician may be necessary in some sleep deprived situations. However one should exercise caution with use of these medication as there can be many side-effects and potential risks.
Learning and intellectual performance are firmly tied to body’s internal time i.e., Biologic Clock. Planet earth’s rotation – once every 24 hours – is deeply ingrained into human physiology and each internal processes from digestion to muscle strength waxes and wanes on a cycle called Circadian Rhythm. Respecting it by following this natural cycle would only enhance the quality of our lives.
Sleep is indeed the best meditation. Let’s meditate but not deviate so that we can levitate.