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  1. #1 Not enough sleep 
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    I'm a person who needs my sleep, minimum 8 hours a day. But for the past 2-3 months I haven't been getting that 8 hours per day sleep that I need. Mainly due to work. Is there any side effects to that since I could never catch up with lost sleeping hours?


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    There are lots of side effects from sleep deprivation, depending on how deprived you are. However, if it is a minor loss of sleep (eg 7 hours per night instead of 8) you probably do not have much to worry about. In addition, you do not need to 'catch up' with all those lost hours. A couple of good nights will reset you back to normal.

    Side effects of serious sleep loss include mood swings, irrational anger, loss of concentration, lousy memory, and fatigue. You will not perform well if seriously sleep deprived.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic
    Side effects of serious sleep loss include mood swings, irrational anger, loss of concentration, lousy memory, and fatigue. You will not perform well if seriously sleep deprived.
    If there is serious sleep loss, can it be reset with few days of good rest as well?
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    One of the big stories last week was about how children in the U.S. don't get enough sleep. On average, they sleep two hours less than the recommended times. The articles briefly touched on adults' lack of sleep, but if you ask me, they didn't go far enough. Adults -- especially parents -- are so overworked and overstressed that they don't get the needed 8-9 hours of sleep, and they have a hard time getting their kids to bed on time.
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    Yep!
    One of the benefits of holidays and weekends is catching up on sleep. If your 'serious' sleep deprivation is simply caused by not spending enough time in bed with your eyes shut, then it is easy to catch up.

    The only thing to watch is if your sleep loss has another cause. Some medical conditions can cause sleep loss. If you think this affects you, see your doc. If you find that, even on holiday with plenty of time available, you cannot sleep, then it may be time to look for another cause.
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    One thing I have noticed, particularly when I get less than 6 hours sleep, is that I lose the first hour or so of my morning; I just don't remember a thing. I also notice far more joint pain and aches when I sleep too little. This is how I know if I've had enough sleep or not.
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    If I don't get enough sleep, I feel lethargic. If I lack sleep continuously the next few days, I'll start getting headaches and maybe runny nose. I wonder if there is any possibility of training the body to get less sleep.
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    Trying to train the body to use less sleep is not a good idea. We are all different, and all require different amounts of sleep. However, most adults require 7 to 9 hours, and getting by on less is not healthy. If you simply cannot sleep, then it may be time to seek medical help. If you lack time to get the required amount, then it may be time to reassess your time priorities. It is always a good idea to give your body the sleep it needs.
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    sleep is essential.

    if you do not get enough your body will eventually crash, and you’ll wake up somewhere (either where you fell asleep, a hospital, or some random stalker person's home).

    also, not getting enough sleep will shorten your lifespan.
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    Yikes. It is time i prioritize my time and be more efficient. I can sleep and want to sleep, just sometimes there is so much to do.
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    I'm sure everyone is a bit different but for the most part a good night of 8 hours sleep can catch you up.

    For example, people always have a problem with jet-lag. The trick is to wait until you normally might sleep and then get a normal amount of sleep. I've gone about 32 hours without sleep while traveling and 8 hours later I was fine.

    Lack of sleep can cause all sorts of effects that are mostly noticeable in a healthy person. Muscle pains, poor vision, poor judgment, feeling of fatigue, etc. Keep up on the exercise and healthy diet and a little sleep loss won't hurt (in fact the variety in you life may make you feel better, instead of being stuck in "the same ol' routine").

    If you're feeling bad than you should reconsider your priorities. It's all too common for people to go complaining for a cure to their problems when the answer lies in their own choices. My average work week is 30+ hours, I make less the $15 an hour and I've got more money in the bank than most. That's three day weekends! It's all about priorities.
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    For those who have the following conditions or lifestyle habits has a higher risk of suffering from any type of sleep disorder:

    * depression
    * diabetes
    * lack of exercise
    * obesity
    * poor diet
    * use of prescription medication.

    Even you have a busy work, its still important to have a enough rest and sleep. Remember your health is the key to your success...
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    Quote Originally Posted by drowsy turtle
    One thing I have noticed, particularly when I get less than 6 hours sleep, is that I lose the first hour or so of my morning; I just don't remember a thing. I also notice far more joint pain and aches when I sleep too little. This is how I know if I've had enough sleep or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyz
    Remember your health is the key to your success...
    Wouldn't it be wise if this was taught in public school. Maybe it wouldn't help.

    I like to think of living like being a magician. They appear formal and truthful, and maybe even a bit clumsy at times. Yet, their truth often lies in their dexterity of mind and body. You don't see a magician working out, or rolling a coin down their hand hundreds of times to simply create a distracting effect that actually has nothing to do with the real slight. Yet, it is these qualities that make them successful.
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    Basically your body needs to adapt to changes but I would advice not to overstress yourself. I still remember when I was in freshman years, I used to sleep long hours but began to slowly cut down the number of hours after started work with commitments. It has to be done with cautious and with balanced diet and so far, until today, I only need about 6 hours of sleep to feel fresh as ever.
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