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Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Issues, Therapy

Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Tips to Help

Inadequate sleep can hamper an individual’s ability to function properly. Continued lack of restorative sleep is detrimental to psychological and physical health. Sustained lack of sleep can cause poor decision making, flawed judgment, obesity, a negative outlook on life and difficulty in handling emotions. It can result in a person feeling fatigued and sleepy throughout the day. Sleep deprivation is a major culprit behind fatal automobile accidents as inadequate sleep impairs a person’s motor functions and reduces hand-eye coordination, similar to alcohol consumption. Common Symptoms Daytime napping is a common indicator of sleep deprivation. Other signs that indicate lack of sleep include: Frequent yawning Poor concentration Mood swings Fatigue Inability to focus Grogginess Depression Impaired motor skills A spurt in snacking A decline in sex drive Difficulty remembering things Hallucinations Sleep deprivation may result from a gamut of causes. Conscious choice – Some people tend to stay awake until late into the night to read a book or watch a movie, not realizing that they need restful sleep in...

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Posted on May 24, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Family, Sleep Issues, Teens, Toddlers

Sleep Deprivation & Children

You have heard of adults suffering from sleep deprivation, but children suffer from sleep deprivation too. While the effects of sleep deprivation are detrimental for both adults and children it is more so for children as they are still growing and developing. Sleep deprivation compromises emotional and physical health; it also affects attention span, irritability and increases risk-taking behavior. Children need more sleep than the recommended 7-9 hours stipulated for adults. If a child falls asleep within half an hour of going to bed, wakes up on time without much of a struggle and does not take to daytime napping, he/she can be said to have rested well. Sleep deprivation can lead to a decline in the overall cognitive process. The inability to concentrate, poor decision making and impaired memory, as a result of sleep deprivation can combine to bring down a child’s academic performance. Lack of sleep can hamper a child’s performance in sports too. How Much Sleep is Enough? According the National Sleep Foundation, needed sleep depends...

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Posted on May 14, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is of utmost importance to our health and well-being. It rests both our body and mind; getting enough sleep helps us strengthen our memory and process information better. Lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental for our mental health. It can lead to anxiety and depression. Sleep and mental health share a closely bound relationship. Those suffering from a mental health issue are often subject to sleep disturbance, causing exhaustion and lethargy during the day. Insomnia and difficulties in maintaining a regular sleeping pattern were once seen as symptoms of mental health complaints. Now, it is widely understood that sleep deprivation can often lead to the development of mental health conditions. The causative factors behind such interrelation between sleep and mental health have not been fully understood yet. However, neurochemists and neuroimagists have found that lack of sleep can lead to negative thinking and emotional vulnerability while a good night’s sleep builds mental and emotional resilience. How does sleep deprivation affect us? Sleep deprivation affects the level of...

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