Sleep Deprivation, Disorders, and Drugs
April 7, 2012
University of Phoenix
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I often suffer from sleep deprivation. The reason I do is because I am a stay at home mom and by the time the kids are in bed I end up staying up later by postponing what I was supposed to do during the day to later at night to lessen interruption. Most nights I am doing my school work but either after that or when I just want to do nothing I sit and surf the internet until it is way past my bedtime. I wake up with the kids many mornings on only 4 or 5 hours of sleep. I suffer when I don't get at least 7 hours of sleep. I am so groggy, miserable, irritable, and dreading what the rest of my day will be like. I tell myself within the first 5 minutes of waking up that I vow to go to bed at the right time only to do the same thing over again. Once in awhile I can not handle how tired I am so I will just close my eyes without noticing and then I am napping. When I nap it only hurts me so that I can't fall asleep at a more regular bedtime. I spend a lot of time thinking about why I do this to myself and the answer is for my sanity. I need to have “me time”. The only time I feel like I can get it is after all 3 of my children are sound asleep for the night. I will only have a few more years of this, I tell myself. As soon as the kids are in school I can get all the “me time” that I want. I dream of being able to go to sleep at a decent hour on a regular basis. It will happen, eventually.
When I do not get enough sleep my mood is unpredictable. I go through spurts of being fine one minute and then moody and short the next. I am irritable, miserable, and just not likeable. You could say my behavior is erratic throughout the day. Not only is my mood affected but my brain does not function to full capacity. When I wake up in the morning I feel like my thinking is...
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