Sleep deprivation and health problems caused

Sleep deprivation is extremely dangerous and studies have shown that it can cause over 50 serious sleeping disorders. Sleep deprivation have many symptoms. Lack of sleep can result in some fatal medical problems.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation can include depression, aching muscles and inability to concentrate. Severe sleep deprivation can result in weakened immune system, hypertension, hallucination, psychosis symptoms, bad reaction time and symptoms similar to Attention Deficit Disorder and being intoxicated from alcohol or drugs. This can show how serious going without sleep is.

Since we live in a mobile society with millions of autos on the road, sleep depravation can cause profound effects on a driver’s reaction time and this could be the most troubling symptom. This not only effects your life but the lives of many others who are driving on the same roads that you are.

A 2000 study that was published in the British Medical Journal from researchers in New Zealand and Australia reported that sleep deprivation has some of the same perilous effects as being drunk. Drivers who have been awake for up to 19 hours drive as badly as someone with a blood alcohol level of .05%. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over 100,000 accidents every year in the United States are caused by drowsiness or fatigue. The most significant errors usually occur after the 2nd night of no sleep.

A 1996 study done at the University of Chicago Medical Center demonstrated that sleep deprivation severely affects the body’s capacity to metabolize glucose leading to early stages of Type-2 diabetes.

A study done in 2001 by the Chicago Medical Institute shows that sleep deprivation can be linked to heart disease, and mental problems such as bipolar disorder. A University of California study done in 2003 showed that REM sleep deprivation leads to clinical depression. How this happens is not clear but it believes that the sleep deprivation mimics the effects of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). The study showed that the first evidence of brain damage in mice happens as a result of sleep deprivation. These animal studies show that sleep deprivation can increase stress hormones which often reduces new cell production in adult brains.

In many countries sleep deprivation is considered torture and there has been debate in the US about using this as an interrogation technique in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prisoners are kept awake for a number of days, and then are at last allowed to fall asleep. They are then abruptly awakened for questioning. The mind of the prisoner has become hazy, the spirit is weakened, legs are unsteady and the prisoner only has one desire which is to sleep. This desire is worse than thirst or hunger.