The Exxon Valdez oil spill, the NASA Challenger shuttle explosion and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have one thing in common – they were caused by human error due extreme sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation is not surprising in today’s society, which is characterized by increased productivity, longer work hours and more time spent travelling. It is predicted that one in two adults in the United States suffers from sleep deprivation. In fact, sleep deprivation is so common that one third of all drivers fall asleep while driving at least once in their lifetime. Such sleep deprivation is worrying; it is estimated that 100,000 crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,500 fatalities occur annually as a result of drivers sleeping behind the wheel, incurring more than $30 billion of losses. The actual cost incurred by all accidents due to sleep deprivation by automobile drivers, airplane pilots, vessel captains and train conductors could be significantly higher that imagined.

The effects of sleep deprivation are compounded into a dangerous sleep debt over time, and it is necessary to sleep over and above the normal number of hours to eliminate the sleep deficit. Thankfully, the homeostatic relationship between sleep and being awake induces those with serious sleep deprivation to go to sleep, thereby ameliorating the precarious situation.

Causes of Narcolepsy

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Suffers from Sleep Disorder – Narcolepsy?
This sleep disorder is also known as the “Sleeping Beauty” Syndrome, where one just feel extreme fatigue and feels like sleeping all the time unconsciously. Sufferers can sleep anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances. This will greatly affect a person’s normal way of living. This sleep disorder is due to lack of a stimulating hormone call the hypocretin, which makes one feel awake. Such sleep disorder may be genetic.

You are suffering from Sleep Disorder, Narcolepsy if you:

  • Feels exhausted all the time especially in the morning
  • Experience adrenaline rush at night, making you feel awake and excited.
  • Experience sudden memory loss of what just happened a few minutes ago
  • Unable to control movement of your limbs when you are sleeping and even when you’re awake
  • Cannot focus and is easily distracted and extremely moody
  • Experiences strong feelings such as extreme frustration, anger, joy
  • Hallucinate mind-boggling things
  • Dream immediately after you fall asleep. (normal people only dream after falling asleep for 90 minutes.)

Causes of Sleep Disorder, Narcolepsy:
Sleep apnea is caused when you airway is blocked due to muscle relaxation causing you to have weak breathes when you sleep.

Here are some possible factors:

1.      Mental illnesses / emotional distress – you are depress, you face a lot of stress and anxiety.

2.      Lack for brain chemical call hypocretin which regulates your sleep cycle.

3.      Genetics – it is common for the family to experience similar illnesses.

4.      Different brain chemical being released that causes fatigue.

5.      Others – certain types of medication and food will affect your sleep.


Consequences of sleep anxiety

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1. Losing sleep over sleep anxiety
Realised that you may have sleep anxiety? No time to seek help, or even think that you may not need to seek help at all? Well, read on. The possible effects of sleep anxiety disorder may change your mind and convince you to take some time off to consult someone and seek treatment for this disorder.

2. Feeling a little unwell
First and foremost, the symptoms of sleep anxiety may appear to mirror some symptoms of illness. For instance, breathing may feel constricted and you may feel weak as your chest races really hard and fast while you are sleeping. This can be put down to the extra adrenaline that pumps through your body which triggers such a form of sleep anxiety.

Other than that, other, more disturbing, side-effects can be experienced such as hallucinations that vary on your state.

3. Psychological and emotional distress
There are cases where sleep anxiety causes one to feel a sense of detachment from oneself. This is when one doesn’t feel like his or herself, and in some cases, detached from their physical being, in what can appear like a surreal experience, watching their own life go by.

This side-effect of sleep anxiety can last for varying durations, be it seconds, minutes or even hours and can be very confusing and distressing to a person when it happens.

4. Tensed up
Sometimes, sleep anxiety sufferers may not even realise some things that they are doing. Like, perhaps, clenching their teeth and tensing their muscles. On the other hand, some people suffering from sleep anxiety may feel a sense of lethargy or sudden weakness in the muscles, feeling like they are about to collapse.

The fluctuations in blood pressure experiences due to sleep anxiety may also lead to sudden dizziness and light-headedness. It is also not unusual for people to feel feverish and hot and start sweating while experiencing sleep anxiety related symptoms and effects.

Not enough?
Think that there is still not enough reason to seek treatment for sleep anxiety? The effects of sleep anxiety may trigger varied responses in some people, including insomnia, being unable to focus and even depression.

Other side-effects that may occur include eating less or eating more than usual. This may potentially induce eating disorders if not monitored well.

The effects of sleep anxiety may also lead to further stress and tension faced by the people that are experiencing this disorder. This may lead to further extension and worsening of the sleep anxiety faced, and can be cyclical and very disruptive to a person’s lifestyle.

Giving in and seeking help
The good news is, sleep anxiety sufferers do not have to go through all these effects alone. Help will always be out there. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor for treatment as there are medications available to treat sleep anxiety such as Prozac, Valium and Clonazepam. Do seek help and do not let sleep anxiety rule your life.

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Types of Sleep Disorder

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The era of sleep deprivation

Unable to stay awake during daytime? Can’t seem to wake up on time? You are probably suffering from sleep deprivation, which means that you are not sleeping enough to satisfy your personal sleep requirement. But you are not alone – as a population, we sleep about 1 to 1.5 hours less than what we did […]

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