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At what point does sleep deprivation become a problem?

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Last Updated: 01/08/2022 at 7:45pm
At what point does sleep deprivation become a problem?
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July 6th, 2016 4:41am
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when it starts to affect your health and performance in waking life. Not getting enough sleep can leave you vulnerable to sickness due to the importance of sleep for maintenance of the immune system. Besides that, mentally you may not be up to certain tasks, and it can be dangerous when you're tired or lacking concentration while driving or doing anything risky.
June 9th, 2018 8:57pm
Sleep deprivation is always a problem, but the more sleep deprived you are the bigger a problem it becomes. Sleep deprivation causes many problems such as constantly feeling tired, not being able to focus, not being able to think, and not being able to remember things. If you are 6-13 years old, try to get 9-11 hours of sleep. If you are 14-17 try to get 8-10 hours of sleep. If you are 18-64 try to get 7-9 hours of sleep. If you are 65 years old or older, try to get 7-8 hours.
July 14th, 2016 9:18pm
Almost right away. You may be able to function, but not to your best ability, even from ONE day of lack of sleep.. It depends what you define as a problem. From one day of bad sleep you will perform slower, physically and mentally. The more constant you deprive yourself of sleep the more apparent these effects are. Sleep Deprivation can lead to depression, bad eating habits (also weight changes, usually gaining), and just overall a less functional daily schedule. Sleep is VERY important. Some say our sleep helps us store the information we've consumed throughout the day. Lack of sleep is very closely linked to poor concentration and memory. It also makes you more vulnerable to becoming ill. If you are having persistent issues with sleeping I recommend you consult your doctor sooner rather than later. Sometimes a simple vitamin such as Melatonin (which is safe and 100% natural) is all it takes to get back on schedule :) Hope this helps!
August 4th, 2016 6:45pm
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when you start to feel like you can't process the information your brain receives correctly. When you start to feel desoriented and out of reality, then it really is a problem. But don't forget, every problem has a solution :)
April 5th, 2017 4:51pm
Sleep deprivation can be a serious issue that can effect many areas of your life. An 'average' adult should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Now, everyone is different so some people may need more and some may need less. But if you are sleeping less than 5 hours consistently or going days without sleep it is best to contact a Doctor and discuss these issues with them.
July 6th, 2016 7:50am
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when you can no longer function normally because of dizziness, nausea and sluggishness in times when you need to be awake. Our body, like machines, needs rest. Failure to do so would result into sickness.
July 9th, 2016 5:54am
When it's effecting your mental abilities and your mental health. When you can't think straight or see straight. If you feel emotionally unstable. There are a lot of things that can come out of sleep deprivation.
July 30th, 2016 8:55pm
I would say when it significatly interfers with your daily functioning and allertness it can cause problems to yourself and others due to diminished attention, memory and lack of concentration, increased fatigue and confusion or clumsiness. It might put you and others at risk if you are on road or not noticing dangers around you with quick enough reactions, but also in the long term diminish the strength of your body-mind (depression, hallucinations, headaches, etc), so would prefer treating it before it gets too serious
November 19th, 2017 12:10pm
sleep deprivation is never healthy – the word deprivation itself has negative connotations. however, most people can function normally with less than the recommended number of hours of sleep (about 8-10 for teens, 7-9 for adults) and only start to realize that it's a problem when the lack of sleep affects their daily life in more major ways. these can include a less sharp memory, a shorter attention span and being generally more lethargic. sleep deprivation is always a problem but has many varying degrees of severity. it's best to curb it early before it starts to negatively impact your life.
July 17th, 2016 6:58am
Sleep deprivation is a sign of an imbalance with your health, that can be either physical or mental, or both. If you are having trouble sleeping, it's best to address it from the beginning, rather than allowing opportunity for the issue to deepen and become worse.
August 7th, 2016 11:58pm
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when it is affecting your daily life. Maybe at school or work. I would suggest seeing a doctor if so.
August 12th, 2016 1:02pm
To the point where you get less sleep than needed. *cough 8hours* but of course nobody really follows that, so mainly once you actually feel groggy, poor, sluggish in the morning when you wake up. Even a couple hours less than normal in the long run can cause health problems and damages to the brain. If you physically find it really hard to sleep then you should visit a doctor ASAP.
August 14th, 2016 8:59am
When you start losing energy and you cannot make it through the day. Actually, that makes it a problem right from the start.
September 2nd, 2016 9:55am
It can become an immediate problem actually. After one day of bad rest, our ability to feel full or hungry will be affected. Each day that passes without good sleep will lead to even worse symptoms such constant moodiness and even hallucinations.
July 7th, 2016 7:14pm
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when it interferes with your daily life and success. If you find that you are too tired to put your priorities in place, then something must change. Know what your priorities are (school, work, family, friends) and if you discover that you are putting any of those things off or saying no to those things because you are too tired, make a change.
July 8th, 2016 2:30am
When you cannot complete daily tasks, such as reading a short article. This makes your lack of sleep interfere with your daily life.
July 9th, 2016 9:52am
Whenever your lack of sleep is clearly affecting your day to day life. Whether it's causing a decrease in physical function meaning you cannot do your daily activities. Or if it is a decrease in mental function and causes mood swings etc.
July 10th, 2016 8:38am
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when it lasts for several days with no solution as well as when you find yourself feeling very tired but unable to sleep.
July 12th, 2016 11:18pm
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem when it starts to affect your day to day activities and stops you from functioning. It can seriously affect your concentration, making you a lot more vulneralable to the dangers around you.
July 15th, 2016 8:18pm
When it interferes with your daily tasks. When you can no longer do the things that you enjoy doing.
July 15th, 2016 8:23pm
the problem actually is our health . less sleep make your day not shining bright like you will feel tired and easily stress.
July 28th, 2016 10:36pm
I suppose sleep deprivation becomes a problem when you are unable to function as normal. This can include not being able to carry out day to day tasks or when it has an effect on your mood.
July 29th, 2016 11:55am
it becomes a problem when you start finding things changing throughout the day. things like you breaking your schedule, not in your right mind, not eating well, anything that is out of the normal.
August 4th, 2016 6:21am
When it affects your cognitive capability. Like thinking, focusing, solving problems. And when it causes you to have mood swings more often.
August 6th, 2016 12:38am
When you start becoming irritable, lash out at people around because of your lack of patience, when your health suffers and you get headaches, when you can't concentrate at work or have enough energy to last you through the day, when you start to become insomniac, have a negative effect on others and yourself.
August 17th, 2016 10:30am
Sleep deprivation becomes a problem once you are falling asleep at work/school or are unable to focus during the day due to being tired.
August 19th, 2016 4:50pm
The moment that both your physical and mental health is negatively affected. You may start to feel dizzy, weak and tired and find it hard to stay focused, have a delayed reaction time and look pale with dark undereye circles.
August 25th, 2016 1:24pm
Sleep deprivation can be problematic and the most important thing is it can directly affect your emotion, people who suffer lack of sleep tend to be really sensitive and grumpy than others who get enough time to sleep
September 2nd, 2016 3:26am
Sleeping deprivation becomes a problem when it affects your mind and body, specifically to the point where it becomes too overwhelming that you cannot perform simple daily tasks.
September 2nd, 2016 3:35am
When you start to get eyebags. It's a sign that you are not doing well and might need some medication to help sleep.