Sleep Deprivation Essay

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Sleep Deprivation It was way too late for Radzikowski to realize the ponderance of her sleep problem, while she never paid any attention to her drowsy feeling during the day. It was a terrifying afternoon in 1994; Radzikowski was driving on the Maryland highway with her husband Phillip after they took their son to a summer program which was 40 miles away from home. It was a lengthy and dull driving; Radzikowski fell asleep while she was driving. The next moment, her car crashed into the guardrail and flew over it, falling to the railroad track which was 30 feet below the highway. Phillip died from the tragic accident; Radzikowski had to retire from education because of the brain injuries that the car accident brought her (Meadows). Sleep is certainly an important part of life. Carl Hunt, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, points out, “There’s a need to look at sleep on the same level of importance as diet and exercise. All three are equally important for good health.” (Meadows) However, not all the people realize that. With the increasing of the pace of life, people nowadays starts to have various lifestyles; the requirement of work and school are considered as more important than rests. As people spend less and less time on sleeping, the problems of sleep disorders become more and more common. There are always some sort of complains about sleep problems, such as not being able to fall asleep, feeling drowsy or sleepy during the day, etc. Most of them are caused by insufficient amount of sleep, which can also be called sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is mostly caused by irregular sleep pattern and also can be caused by stress, environment and medication (Alic and Nienstedt 862). Sleep deprivation can be caused by various reasons, and also can lead to different effects, such as low working efficiency, fatal accidents and weak physical

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