What Does Sleep Deprivation Look Like?

Many people do not realize how sleep deprived they are. Do you believe that the minute your head hits the pillow you fall asleep is normal? Do you believe that you should want to take a nap during your lunch break or as soon as you get home from work? Do you get frustrated or anger easily? All of these are signs that you are sleep deprived.

It is even more difficult to determine sleep deprivation in children. Many children act differently than adults when they are chronically tired. The problem is that sleep deprivation and sleep apnea symptoms in children look a great deal like ADHD. Children will become agitated and have difficulty concentrating. They become very active during the day instead of tired.

Sleep apnea also looks different. They will snore or breathe with their mouth open. They may have some disruptions during their sleep but not always. They may toss and turn a lot. However, many times sleep deprivation is caused because as parents we do not send our children to bed early enough. They may also be woken up too early. Children need longer sleep times and if you keep them up too late, they miss important periods of sleep that allows them to produce growth hormone as well as consolidate their memories.

In adults, sleep deprivation shows up as memory issues both long term and short term because your brain does not get to process the memories. It also can prevent the brain from the time it needs to clean out waste. This may affect memory as well as contribute to morning headaches.

You may experience other symptoms like fatigue and sleepiness, headaches and snacking. I am aware that snacking sounds like a weird symptom, however, when our brain is tired many times we misinterpret the signal as being hungry and we make poor decisions that will cause us to snack.

Everyone has his or her own symptoms. This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms but it does give you a place to start considering what in your life is caused from sleep and is it worth your health to give up the 1 to 2 hours a night sleep?

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Stop Snoring Tonight, Guaranteed

There is nothing more frustrating then having a snoring problem. A little snoring here and there normally is not a problem. Everyone snores a bit if they get stuffed up or had a bit too much to drink that evening.

It is the log sawing, chain saw buzzing snoring that becomes a huge problem. It will keep your spouse awake. It can even awaken the kids or overpower the sound coming from the television.

It is simply a major pain in the butt. There are a ton of devices, aids and assorted “wonder” products that claim to silent your snoring as easy as a,b,c. The problem is that most of them don’t work. To find your individual solution you need to first understand the cause behind your snoring.

Here is the top #1 cause:

1. Being overweight

To stop your snoring it is as easy as losing some weight. Get rid of that excess fat in your throat area. It is well documented that the more you are over weight the more and louder you will snore.

So, stopping snoring is as easy as losing weight. Wasn’t that encouraging?

Okay, now there are other reasons people snore and they involve more serious medical problems. Snoring and snoring very loudly can be an indication of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is where you stop breathing and then gasp for air. Gasping awakens you from your sleep and in particular prevents you from getting ample REM sleep.

Many horrible illnesses can result from untreated sleep apnea. The top two are stroke and death. It also contributes to high blood pressure, diabetes and other cardio-vascular diseases. Pretty nasty stuff just from snoring.

See your doctor if you snore regularly and/or loudly. It is easy to get a sleep study done or have the doctor look at simple solutions. It may be as easy as getting a snoring chin strap to keep your mouth close thus alleviating the snoring sound. Or, perhaps an anti snoring pillow which positions your head and shoulders in the proper alignment to keep your throat airway open and unobstructed.

Aggressive stop snoring products include the CPAP’s which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines. These machines deliver a steady stream of air that keeps your airway open thus preventing sleep apnea conditions and snoring.

Some people may need to combine a snoring chin strap in conjunction with the CPAP to make sure the mouth doesn’t fall open and allow the pressure to fall and the snoring to begin again.

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