Sleep Deprivation and Me Descriptive Essay

Sleep Deprivation and Me
Presents the author's own problem of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.
# 149255 | 930 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 03, 2011 in Psychology (Physiological) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper describes the author's experiences with sleep deprivation, which can cause a variety of physical and mental stresses, in which she felt like she was on drugs or living in a dream and had cognitive and motor skill problems. Next, the author relates that, based on this personal experience, she agrees more with the recuperation theories of sleep. The paper concludes by discussing the sleep disorder categories of insomnia, which includes all disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep such as sleep apnea, and of hypersomnia, which includes disorders of excessive sleep or sleepiness, such as narcolepsy.

Table of Contents:
Personal Experience
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Effects of Long-Term Sleep Reduction
Sleep Disorders

From the Paper:

"Many sleep disorders fall into one of two categories: insomnia and hypersomnia. Insomnia includes all disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep, and hypersomnia includes disorders of excessive sleep or sleepiness. Sleep apnea is a common cause of insomnia; this is when a person stops breathing many times a night, wakes up, starts breathing again, and drifts back to sleep. Sleep apnea disorders are thought to result from either obstruction of the respiratory passages by muscle spasms or lack of muscle tone, or from the failure of the central nervous system to stimulate respiration. This disorder is most common in males, the overweight, and the elderly. Two other causes of insomnia are nocturnal myoclonus and restless legs. Nocturnal myoclonus is a periodic twitching of the body during sleep. People with restless legs complain of a tension or uneasiness in their legs that keeps them from falling asleep. Narcolepsy is the most common disorder in the hypersomnia category, occurring in 1 out of 2,000 individuals. People with this disorder experience severe daytime sleepiness and repeated daytime sleep episodes lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Though they only sleep an hour per day more than average, it is the inappropriateness of their sleep episodes that defines the condition of a narcoleptic person."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Pinel, J. (2007) Basics of Biopsychology. Chapter 12.

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