Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation can result in at least 50 or more serious sleep disorders.

The symptoms of sleep deprivation are many and varied. Serious and even fatal medical problems can be caused by lack of sleep.

A few of these symptoms can be aching muscles, clinical depression, decreased mental activity and concentration. Furthermore severe sleep deprivation can cause symptoms of
depersonalization, weakened immune system, hallucinations, hypertension, psychosis-like symptoms, slowed reaction time, slurred speech, symptoms similar to: Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and alcoholic intoxication.

Now, go back and read the above paragraph one more time and perhaps you can understand the seriousness of going without sleep.

With a mobile society and millions of cars and trucks on the road, the fact that sleep deprivation causes such profound affects on a person’s reaction time and could be the most serious symptom. Why? — because you are not only affecting your life but you could be the cause of a fatal auto accident.

In a study that was published in 2000 in the British Medical Journal, research done in Australia and New Zealand showed that sleep deprivation could be as bad as being drunk. Those who drive after being awake for 17-19 hours perform tasks worse than other subjects with blood alcohol totals of .05 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that around 100,000 traffic accidents during a year in the USA alone are directly caused by fatigue and drowsiness.

Another study done in 1996 at the University of Chicago Medical Center demonstrated that severely sleep deprivated people affects the body’s ability to metabolize glucose leading to early-stage type 2 Diabetes.

A study done in 2001 linked sleep deprivation to several very serious diseases, among them heart disease, mental illnesses, bipolar disorder as well as psychosis.

Sleep deprivation is considered torture in most countries and has become the subject of debate in the United States. It is being used as an interrogation technique by coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Interrogation subjects are kept awake for several days then are allowed to fall asleep. They are then suddenly awakened to be questioned. By this time a haze has formed in the mind of the prisoner. His spirit is wearied, his legs unsteady and he has only one desire and that is to sleep. Anyone who has experienced this desire knows that not even hunger and thirst can compare to it.