A sleep deprivation article I wrote



  • What’s the longest you can stay up without becoming a groggy, sleepy zombie? A few hours, a single night? The current record holder for staying up willingly the longest goes to a 17 year old male, Randy Gardner for a science fair project conducted in 1965 by staying up for 264 hours. (11 days) In the end, he didn’t suffer from any long-term health effects but there were noticeable changes in his mood and personality. While there have been other claims for staying up. The Guinness World Records (which no longer includes sleep deprivation records due to the possible health risks) has in the past listed the Finn Toimi Soini as having gone without sleep for 276 hours in 1964 and Maureen Weston, as having stayed awake for 449 hours (almost 19 days) in 1977, but these are not considered to be scientifically documented.

    The reasons we still hear about Gardner is that his school project drew the attention of a famous sleep researcher William C. Dement, who observed the teen the last few days of his sleeplessness. There are a few things that can cause sleep deprivation. Like daytime habits or just psychological and medical issues like anxiety, stress, and depression are all causes of insomnia. Daytime habits like napping during the day, drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day, eating sugary foods or heavy meals too close to bedtime, and not getting enough exercise are all examples of daytime habits that can impact your ability to sleep at night even just having an irregular sleep schedule will affect your sleep even when you “break” that habit. A common habit linked to insomnia is over stimulating the brain during the day, this makes it harder to clear your head at night. We overstress our brains by interrupting tasks to check our phones, emails, or social media. The brain becomes so used to constantly seeking something new to stimulate our brain and so often that when it comes time to settle down at night your brain is still looking for the next information fix. As well as avoiding screens in the hours before bedtime, setting aside specific times during the day for checking messages and social media, allows your brain to spend more time to focus on one task. Taking short breaks from during the day and doing non-stimulating activities like making sure your room is an appropriate environment. The ideal environment is quiet, dark, comfortable and making sure that you feel safe in that area. The brain usually processes this as a good sleep inducing environment especially the safe part.

    The reason that we need a room to be dark in order to induce sleep has to do with the levels of light that our eyes detect and send that information to the suprachiasmatic nucleus, a small part in the brain directly above the optic chiasm, what this controls is called our circadian rhythm. The suprachiasmatic nucleus is the area of the brain where the optic nerves cross. While the optic nerves are each of the second pair of cranial nerves, transmitting impulses to the brain from the retina at the back of the eyes. They send signals to the pineal gland to produce melatonin. Electronic screens emit a blue light that disrupts your body’s production of melatonin that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. It does this by sending ‘false’ light level information to the brain because the screen is what we’re focused on.To make a more peaceful sleeping environment, avoid using electronics before bed.

    We need sleep in order to keep our minds and bodies healthy after 24 hours of no sleep you're at a 0.1% blood alcohol level. You begin to lose your lack of judgement, your coordination deteriorates, irritability sets in making it easier to get mad at others, pain becomes more intense and the immune system suffers. It’s the same as getting drunk because of your blood alcohol level

    One popular myth about sleep deprivation is that after 3 days of no sleep you become clinically insane. This is false, I would know… Unless the myth is true then someone could call me insane and their statement would be true. The reason this myth became so popular is that there have been people known to hallucinate when they didn't get enough sleep but in all truth, it is impossible to link insanity and loss of sleep without scanning brain activity constantly. Sleep deprivation cannot lead to a psychotic episode when awake but they lead to problems once they finally get some sleep. They might have problems staying asleep or getting anything out of sleeping.

    Why do sleep schedules get so out of whack in the first place? Even if your sleep schedule gets messed up one night it can affect other nights especially if it occurs more than one night in a row your body gets used to this new schedule and even if you try to get your sleep back to normal, depending on the person, can be hard.

    Sleep is very important and essential. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones. By not getting sleep, you’re putting your body at a risk for infection as the immune system slows down of insufficient sleep.



  • @littlegirly003 said in A sleep deprivation article I wrote:

    You begin to lose your lack of judgement

    ??

    @littlegirly003 said in A sleep deprivation article I wrote:

    By not getting sleep, you’re putting your body at a risk for infection as the immune system slows down of insufficient sleep

    @Sir-Devil That's why you supposed to sleep!
    And not do staying up experiments!






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