Sleep deprivation can be classed as chronic or acute, and is the condition where an individual does not get enough sleep. Chronically, sleep deprivation can cause fatigue and the inability to stay awake during the day. It can also cause changes in weight and clumsiness. There aren't many studies that have compared chronic and acute sleep deprivation, however research has determined that a complete lack of sleep over extended periods of time is extremely detrimental on the human anatomy – total sleep deprivation resulted in dead lab animals.
The brain is affected in a number of ways when subjected to lack of sleep. Verbal language tests on people suffering from sleep deprivation showed little or no activity in the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. As this area of the brain is responsible for speech, people suffering from fatigue and sleep deprivation consistently slur their words, and are also unable to hold a conversation.
Sleep deprivation has a number of detrimental effects on the body, and many adults still underestimate the amount of sleep they need to efficiently perform. Sleep is essential for memory, and if you consistently fail to get 6-8 hours' sleep every night, you'll find that your ability to recollect short and long term memories will be severely affected. Here are some of the best ways to fight fatigue and sleep deprivation.
Many people who report sleeping problems tend to nap when they come home from work, however this isn't the best idea if you're looking for a good night's rest. A good night's sleep is all relaxing in the best wooden beds and giving your body a schedule, so it needs to know that it's going to be able to regenerate around the same time every night. One hour here and two hours there won't help your mental fatigue in the long run.
Whether its coffee or tea, caffeine is a man's (or sleep deprived person's) best friend. If you're looking to fight those tired eyes when you're at work, a few cups of caffeine-induced coffee consumed strategically throughout the day will give you the energy boost that you need to carry on working – especially if you have a low tolerance of caffeine. If you don't like the taste of coffee or tea, many supermarkets and shops stock caffeine tablets can be dissolved in water or that you can swallow.
If you're having trouble sleeping, try assessing what time you go to bed every night. If these times consistently vary, then this could be an indication as to why you are unable to get a good night's rest. Regular sleep is very important for the body to maintain a healthy mental and physical balance, and if this schedule is interrupted, your sleeping pattern will be knocked out of sync.
Exercise is great for the body, however a late night jog isn't so good for the mind. Exercising late at night will energise the body, and keep your brain wired well into the early hours of the morning. If you enjoy going to the gym, it's best to do it as soon as you get up before work instead of an hour or two before you go to bed!