The average person is faced with thousands of issues every single day, and often they are recognized and handled, but other times there are some that are overlooked. Sleep debt, an issue that many do not even know exist, and yet are plagued by on it an everyday basis. When you skip a night of full rest, is it possible to catch up? Most people will simply attempt to return to a normal schedule, but yet they cannot shake the feeling of lethargy. This issue is the subject of many studies and investigations, such as William C. Dement and Christopher Vaughan’s paper, “Sleep Debt and the Mortgaged Mind,” June J. Pilcher and Amy S. Walters’ article, “How Sleep Debt Hurts College Students,” and Matthew Ashton’s, “A Greater College Debt.”
Sleep debt is a massive problem; this idea is easily introduced in William C. Dement and Christopher Vaughan’s paper, “Sleep Debt and the Mortgaged Mind,” with the explanation of the true cause of the Valdez incident, a catastrophe in which an shipping vessel loaded with oil was run aground, spilling its cargo throughout the waters. The article goes into explanation that the original verdict of the cause of the catastrophe was the captain’s intoxication, but it is later explained that this was not necessarily the case. Instead, the documented cause was the sleep debt of the third mate, who had slept a miniscule amount in the previous 48 hours. In the article Dement and Vaughan asserted that, “people need to sleep one hour for every two hours awake,” and furthering this statement, they state that sleep debt accrues sequentially night after night, and as long as it remains unpaid, it will continue to stack up (500). With this lack of sleep, eventually functioning becomes nearly impossible.
The article from Dement and Vaughan successfully outlines many of the dangers of sleep debt. However, much of the evidence is said to “believed,” leading to the conclusion that much of the study’s results are consistent, but ultimately could be...
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