Lack of sleep affects your whole body and effect children, women and men differently

Getting a good night sleep is very important to your overall health, but insomnia can also be a symptom of an already existing medical problem. So if your sleeping problems continue for over two weeks or if they seem to be getting worse, you really should see your family doctor or a sleep specialist.

Sleep plays a vital role in promoting a woman’s health and well being. Experts suggest that most men and women need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Yet there are many differences in how men and women sleep. In general women tend to sleep more than men, going to bed and falling asleep earlier. A woman’s sleep also tends to be lighter and more easily disturbed. Women are more likely to feel unrefreshed even after a full night of sleep.

Important hormone production is regulated during sleep; in children, human growth hormone (HGH) is released during deep sleep. Insufficient sleep can affect hormonal balance in adults as well. Getting enough deep sleep is important and they do know that people can go longer without food than without sleep. During sleep the subject’s sleep metabolic rate and energy consumption are reduced. The cardiovascular system also slows down during sleep as blood pressure drops as well. Basically, your body just shuts down to repair the damage done to it during the day.

Lack of sleep in children can show up with dropping grades in school, falling asleep in classes, and mood swings.

Lack of sleep in women shows up as trouble concentrating, mood swings, and other mental and physical problems. Causes for insomnia in women can be lifestyle changes, depression, illness, bad sleep habits, medication use, physical or hormonal changes

Lack of sleep in men is mostly caused by irregular sleeping schedules. The stress of a job and supporting a family can keep a man up or not sleeping well. Symptoms are falling asleep in meetings, not shaving or showering, trouble concentrating and clinical depression.

Lack of sleep can cause so many problems that it can’t be stressed enough. If you have chronic insomnia lasting for more than two weeks, it is time to see your family doctor.

Lack of sleep is so important that sleep medicine is a recognized medical subspecialty because of the importance of sleep. Doctors who specialize in sleep medicine help people who are unable to sleep well. Sleep doctors are able to detect and treat both common and rare sleep disorders. Some common sleep disorders are insomnia, jet lag, sleepwalking, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, or by stress. Researchers do not know exactly why people need sleep, but we do know that lack of sleep can kill. Humans deprived of sleep for long periods begin hallucinating and develop other mental problems.

Sleep deprivation can adversely affect brain function. Non REM sleep may allow enzymes to repair brain cell damage caused by free radicals. A 1999 study found that sleep deprivation resulted in reduced cortisol secretion the next day, driven by increased subsequent slow-wave sleep. A new study has shown that while total sleep deprivation for one night caused many errors, the errors were not significant until after the second night of total sleep deprivation.

So lack of sleep can effect a persons whole body and can lead to many other medical problems