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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)

A condition in which, either consciously or unconsciously, you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically, adults require six to eight hours, although some people require ...Read more


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Does sleep deprivation affect the health of a teenager? If yes, how?

Does sleep deprivation affect the health of a teenager? If yes, how?

Everyone: Sleep deprivation can affect anyone at any age. The degree is different, however, as a function of degree. Please discuss this with your MD, as the details of the levels of sleep deprivation are relevant in the context. ...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

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What are good ways to test yourself for sleep deprivation?

What are good ways to test yourself for sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprived: When you are sleep deprived you feel tired, sleepy, drowsy, having headache, lack of motivation, unable to concentrate, frequently forgetting things, unable to stay attentive, then you will be irretable and not interested in talking or social life. ...Read more

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What are side effects of sleep deprivation?

What are side effects of  sleep deprivation?

Lots: Exhaustion, fatigue, poor school or job performance, impaired social function and hurting relationships, increased traffic accidents, more illness, less raises, higher depression rates, more alcohol and drug usage just to name the most common. Lots of money is spent due to sleep deprivation each year. ...Read more

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After sleep deprivation binged on donuts. Why?

After sleep deprivation binged on donuts. Why?

See below: Probably because you binge on donuts at other times. Binge eating is always bad for it is exactly like choking a car engine, resulting in incomplete combustion of gasoline. The brain requires a high rate of oxygen consumption and when it is impaired by high calorie malnutritrion it gives you unusual reactions. See my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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What are some good sleep deprivation techniques?

What are some good sleep deprivation techniques?

To avoid it?: 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. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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What type of diabetes leads to sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation: Diabettes is caused by sleep apnea not the other way around. You should get a sleep test and see if you have sleep apnea and then chose cpap, surgery or oral sleep appliance. ...Read more

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