The Importance of Sleep

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The Importance of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Through many studies, researchers have found that there are numerous amounts of sleep disorders that affect 1 in every 6 (40 million) Americans today. It is very important to get the needed amount of sleep each night. Denying yourself enough sleep each night can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, or other medical conditions. Sleep disorders such as Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, Narcolepsy, and Insomnia can severely affect your health and even your appearance. Staying on a regular sleep pattern will tremendously help your ability to stay alert, awake, and functional during the day. (NHBLI, 2006)

Many tests have been made on how sleep can actually improve your ability to comprehend challenging tasks provided that you get a healthy dose of it. (NHBLI, 2006) Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), also known as sleep-onset insomnia, can severely reduce this ability. DSPS is a disorder in which the patient cannot fall asleep at a decent hour, usually before 2 a.m., and cannot awake at desired hour, generally before 10 a.m. Usually patients with this disorder work the night shift or are more in synch with the nightlife. Depression and/or other psychiatric problems are usually present in half of the adults with DSPS. It begins around the late teenage years from working late shifts or partying. It is very difficult to recover from DSPS even after resuming a normal work or school schedule. (Yeo, 1998)

One of the most dangerous sleep disorders that have been found today is Narcolepsy. This very harmful disorder is “a disabling neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness”. (Broughton, 1990) Symptoms of the disorder include sleep brought on by strong emotions, excessive drowsiness, and paralysis upon waking up or during sleep. This disorder is particularly harmful to one’s life and well-being because a patient may fall asleep while driving causing injury or...
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