Why Is Sleep Deprivation So Common?

It’s common knowledge that majority of people around the world are suffering from sleep deprivation. It isn’t surprising when we think about the amount of time that we spend doing everything but resting. This recent study may have finally linked sleep deprivation with the cause.

Why Sleep Deprivation is So Common

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania performed a study involving 125,000 Americans over a span of 8 years. They monitored their sleep patterns and their commuting and work schedule. The wanted to see if workers were able to get the adequate 7 hours of sleep that would typically prevent sleep deprivation.

The results showed that sleep deprivation was mostly caused by work and the commute to work. They found that people were often forced to change their sleep schedules to fit their work schedules, usually to fit an adequate amount of time in for commuting.

The study also found that if the job starts later, the employee was less likely to experience sleep deprivation. For each hour later that the job started, the workers would get an additional 20 minutes of sleep time. For a more indepth look at the study visit Sleep.

5 Things That Cause Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is becoming such a common complaint that it has become normalized in our society! The truth is, you SHOULD be sleeping and daytime drowsiness is usually a sign of an underlying health issue. These are some common health risks that may be causing your sleepiness and restless sleep!

1. Diet

The way you eat has a major impact on how well you sleep, especially when you eat poor foods close to bedtime! Fatty foods, spicy foods and caffeine can lead to sleep deprivation, and should all be avoided the closer you get to bedtime! Late night alcoholic beverages are also bad for your sleep cycle!

2. Pain

People with pain management problems or pain associated with disorders such as arthritis are more likely to experience sleep deprivation. The lack of sleep can also make pain more extreme and evident. Using a heating pad or taking a warm bath can sooth the pain and help you sleep.

3. Stress

Many people admit that a majority of their time spent falling asleep is wasted on daily stresses. Thinking about the things the have to do or deadlines that must be met can definitely result in sleep deprivation. Fix this by spending time winding down, reading a book or preparing for the next day. This will help remove some of those stressful thoughts.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

Spending most of your day on the couch may be relaxing for you, but it may be dangerous for sleep! Exercise and sleep go together. Exercising on a regular basis can help you avoid sleep deprivation and sleep a lot better! Try getting a workout in as soon as you wake up. You will get it out of the way early and be less likely to skip it.

5. Depression

People with depression are known to sleep more but their sleep is likely not restful sleep. Many antidepressants are great for alleviating the symptoms of depression but make falling asleep harder. Discussing this issue with your doctor will help them choose a medication that is better for you and less likely to keep you up.

How Can We Fix It?

Researchers believe that more flexible start times can help cut back on sleep deprivation. The also believe that more should be done to prevent workers from working multiple jobs that are cutting into their sleep time even more.

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