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Am I Sleep Deprived?

recharj March 20, 2015 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]D[/su_dropcap]o you ever wonder if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep deprivation? Believe it or not, many people are fighting sleeplessness every day without knowing it as it somehow has become the new normal. We all can acknowledge the serious consequences of poor or inadequate sleep, but let us provide a short list here for dramatic affect:

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  • Impaired motor function
  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Significant increase in the risk of–
    • heart attack
    • stroke
    • early onset diabetes (type II)
    • early onset Alzheimer’s
    • weight gain
    • cancer (breast, colon)

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  • Onset drowsiness during the day
  • Unwanted micro-sleeps
  • Emotional factors–
    •  irritability
    • anxiety
    • depression
    • obesity
    • humor

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These results are no longer hypothetical theory, but medical fact. The gravity and importance of good, restful sleep is quite clear. So, you may be wondering…Am I sleep deprived? Surprisingly, we are not able to easily self-identify whether or not we are sleep deprived.  Various sleep latency and physiological tests prove that many who deny a sleep issues actually show signs of sleep deprivation.

Want to find out if you may be sleep deprived? Take this quick quiz!

  1. Does a warm room, a boring meeting, heavy meal or low dose of alcohol make you drowsy?
  2. Do you fall asleep within 5 minutes of getting into bed?
  3. Do you need an alarm clock to wake you up?
  4. Do you hit the snooze button repeatedly?
  5. Do you sleep extra hours on the weekend?

This is a short form subjective quiz that may help identify cases of sleep deprivation. Answering yes to two of any of the five questions in the affirmative correlates very highly to sleep deprivation.

While you may not want to be considered someone with a sleep problem, it is best to acknowledge, identify and treat the root cause of your sleep deprivation before facing some of the more serious consequences listed above.
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