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Doctor insights on: Sleep Deprivation May Be Undermining Teen Health

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How does sleep deprivation compromise a teenager's health?

How does sleep deprivation compromise a teenager's health?

Subtle but real: The average growing teenager requires 9 hours of sleep to remain healthy, perform well & achieve potential height.Growth hormone comes out in higher quantity during periods of sleep but it is not continuous. Poor sleep habits lead to weakened immunity, poor daytime performance, sleep walking or talking. ...Read more

Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

Sleep deprivation is when either consciously or unconsciously you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically in adult normal time is 6-8 hours. There are some people that require more (> 10 hours). Sleep deprivation can take another form in the type of selective deprivation such as rem sleep deprivation. Typically this may be med induced or ...Read more


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How can I cope with sleep deprivation ?

How can I cope with sleep deprivation ?

By getting the sleep: That your body needs. Use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading. ...Read more

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Do you know anything on sleep deprivation?

Do you know anything on sleep deprivation?

It isn't healthy.: Symptoms of sleep deprivation can include irritability, feeling tired, poor concentration, decreased memory, changes in appetite, poorer ability to handle stress, lack of comprehension with social interactions. In severe cases it can lead to pyschosis ! ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything on sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation: (ie going without sleep), unless you're sheduled for an EEG, has a generally negative effect on physical health, mood, anxiety, weight control, alertness, driver safety, occupational safety, blood pressure, heart attack, ADHD... the list goes on .Get your 8hrs! Or as close as you can get. If you dont feel rested after a full nights sleep on a regular basis, see ur doc! ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of sleep deprivation?

What are common symptoms of sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation: Confusion, muscle aches, malaise, hand tremors, depression, hallucinations, headaches, memory lapses, malaise, sensitivity to cold, bags under the eyes, high blood pressure, irritability, yawning, poor focusing. ...Read more

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How long without sleep is considered sleep deprivation ?

How long without sleep is considered sleep deprivation ?

Go to sleep: It is not like there is a cut and dry number that determines when you are in sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation occurs when an individual fails to get enough sleep. The amount of sleep that a person needs varies from one person to another. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. Teens need about 9 hours, children 9 or more depending on their age. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation affect the quality of your eyesight?

Perhaps: Some people report that long-term stress, sitting for hours in front of their computer screens day in and day out, and chronic sleep deprivation have made their eyes worse. For the most part, the scientific literature does not tend to support that claim, but there are some who would say that you need to take as good care of your eyes as you do of the other parts of your body. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Teen Health (Definition)

Teen health refers to the health issues that are unique to teens, and commonly relates to sexual activity, drug ...Read more