The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain, Memory and Behavior

| May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

How many times have you had a rough night without sleep and had the worst next day? How many times have you noted that your brain did not perform the way that it was supposed to?

Did you notice your behavior has also taken a different turn following lack of sleep? In this article we are going to look closely at the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on brain, memory and behavior.

Effects of lack of sleep on the brain:

  • Response time: it has been revealed in a survey that was conducted in Michigan that persons who are lacking sleep have a slower response time of 45%, when compared to a normal person receiving adequate sleep. When your body does not have enough sleep, it was also found that the cells in the brain gets slower than normal. The efficiency is affected by lack of sleep. If you have a big day ahead, have a big night. The amount of time your brain takes to respond is to an extent related to the number of hours you sleep.
  • Driver fatigue: the majority of accidents occur due to lack of sleep. When a person does not have enough sleep their body responses slow down significantly, and with it adaptability. The ability to analyze the situation becomes blank. Given the time it takes to respond when driving at a fast rate, you can see the margin of error that can be created by being sleep deficient. If you want a safe ride, sleep tight.

There are many other effects lack of sleep may cause on your brain.

Now let us take a look at the effects sleep deprivation can have on your memory.

Who are the people that get affected by this most commonly?

  • Nurses, doctors, people who practice medicine generally do not have adequate sleep. They have irregular shifts and cannot focus on sleep.
  • The other group of people who experience is are air hostesses and flight stewards. People who travel in flights have sleep of 5 hours on a regular basis, in addition to chronic jet-lag syndrome.
  • Scientists and workaholics who keep working for 18 hours a day also have this problem.  Radical changes may occur due to lack of sleep that may even compromise your job.

In fact, this assumption was proven in a neuroscience survey that was conducted. It was positively revealed that your brain develops memory problems. Brain cells associated with memory also begin to reduce in number following prolonged bouts of sleeplessness.

Effects of lack of sleep on behavior:

  • Irritability: your body gets more responsive to emotions; you have varied emotions.  Irritability not only drives others away from you, but may worsen your quality of life predisposing you to diseases such as hypertension.
  • Depression: people who often lack sleep for a long time are prone to developing this disorder. Compounded with the fact that lack of sleep may induce hallucinations, depression may pose a herculean task to overcome.
  • Disorientation- after lacking sleep for many consecutive nights, that persons view of reality and time become distorted. That person may believe that they are living in a different time and place, and may be reluctant to accept that they do not know the happenings of the outside world.

Lack of sleep can have far reaching implications on the community as a whole. From causing you distress, to reducing productivity output on a larger scale, sleep can be the reason for a crisis.

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