Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is something that many teenagers and young adults experience. When people don’t receive the sleep that they need, in order for their bodies to be well rested, it can seriously affect their health. It can increase the chances of people developing illnesses such as depression, suicidal ideation, obesity, and problems with school performance. The rate becomes even higher amongst people that sleep six hours or less every night. The time people spend on social media has a lot to do with why a lot of them suffer from sleep deprivation and other sleeping disorders. Most people now have smart phones where they can easily have access to their social media pages. This makes the actual phones a major contributor of poor sleeping patterns.┬áStudies have shown that the light emitted from most electronic screens can disrupt circadian rhythms. This ends up delaying the release of melatonin and causes people to have sleep disorders.

As you can see, not receiving the right amount of sleep can leave your health in pretty bad shape. Depression is something that many people suffer from and can be very difficult to overcome. having suicidal ideations can be life threatening and can also take a long time for people to recover from. Obesity is also something that you can develop when you don’t receive enough sleep. Obesity has been found to cause people hypertension/high blood pressure,┬áDyslipidemia which is an abnormal concentration of fat in the bloodstream,Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and respiratory problems. It is not guaranteed because a person is obese, that they are going to suffer from these health problems. Its more so that it makes the likelihood of developing any one of them extremely high. In many situations this can lead to a person becoming disabled or it can even cause death.

That’s why is very important to make sure that you receive the right amount of sleep every night. When ever you know is time to go to bed ensure you develop a routine, where you put your phone down and concentrate on only falling asleep. Your phone can be a big distraction and plays a major role in sleep deprivation. Something that works for me is taking a vitamin supplement form of Melatonin twenty minutes before bedtime. This will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. You can also try turning off all of your electronic devices so that you’re not tempted to constantly look at the latest notification you have received on any one of your social media accounts. Listening to music can also help, but most importantly developing a sleep routine is essential to receiving a good night sleep. Next time you’re up scrolling at two in the morning will you be doing the right thing by putting your phone down?

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