Don't Neglect Your Sleep!

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Having enough sleep each night is important. People who have difficulty sleeping will experience negative effects due to lack of sleep and rest.

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  • Do you have trouble sleeping? Don't worry, you're not alone. 
  • Why do we need sleep?
  • Some negative effects of sleep deprivation consists of heart diseases, depression, and aging. It can also lead to crankiness, drowsiness, slows down reaction time, and affects one's cognitive ability to remember, analyze, and make decisions. 
  • Sleep is important, but many people often take it for granted and neglect their responsibility to rest. As a result, they accumulate sleep debt that takes a toll on their bodies. 
  • As the author of ZaznBlog, he describes how living with insomnia interferes with work, friends, hobbies, mood, etc. His sleep loss stemmed from feeling uneasy and anxious about an event, but gradually progressed into fear. Over time, this negatively affected his work which worsened his anxiety. He shared that he felt powerless and had no control.
  • Cross-Cultural: Sleep Loss in Japan
  •  According to a University of Chicago study, healthy men ages from 17-28 aged rapidly when their sleep hours were shortened. For instance, “their levels of hypertension, diabetes, and memory problems rose to levels usually associated with 60-year-olds” (Meyer, "Sleepless in America).
  • Fumiyoshi Shimizu's Work Repercussions
  • As a result, [I] rapidly lost weight and suffered various ailments. [I] tried to talk to [my] superiors, only to learn that they had been hospitalized due to similar circumstances. (Gilhooly, "Does Japan get enough sleep?"). 
  • Based on the National Transportation and Safety board, lack of sleep causes an estimated 100,000 accidents a year on the road. People who are sleep deprived “are 3.5 to 4 times as likely to be in a car accident and 1.5 times more likely to be in a workplace accident” (Meyer, "Sleepless in America"). 
  • Possible Solutions or Changes for Sleep Deprivation
  • 1. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime 2. Exercise to promote good quality sleep 3. Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine (taking warm shower or bath, reading a book, or light stretches) 4. Use bed strictly for sleep helps to prevent feelings of stress and anxiety because it isn’t associated with work or homework 5. Make sure that the sleep environment is pleasant (comfortable mattress and pillows, cool, quiet room, no bright lights like TV screens, phones or laptops) 
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Fumiyoshi Shimizu's story is one that many people in Japan can relate to. Working as a trainee for a company, he had no time for breaks or vacation because his "regular 8-hour shifts increased into 15-hour workathons" (Gilhooly, "Does Japan get enough sleep?"). With so much stress in his workload, his amount and quality of sleep dwindled. 
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  • "Sleep deprivation may also have a connection with the increased risk of committing suicide because scientists have found that sleep loss have restricted blood flow to the frontal lobes of the brain, which hinders reasoning and decision-making" (Gilhooly, "Does Japan get enough sleep?"). 
  • Another possible solution or change for sleep deprivation is to learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EMT). In other words, it is a form of emotional/psychological acupressure and is a healing tool used to tap certain points of the body to release negative emotions. Doing this can help people find what ails them in order to root out their problem with sleep disturbances.
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