Hello, I’m Dr. Tom Drake and today I would like to talk with you about the consequences of sleep deprivation.
Over 40% of Americans are sleep deprived. Some by choice and others because of some health condition like Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleep experts say that the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep to be fully rested, children require even more. One of the curious things about sleep deprivation is that the more sleep deprived, the more they tend to underestimate the severity of their sleep deprivation. It is kind of like a drunk driver that is thinking they are perfectly able to drive a vehicle. I am going to give you 10 different health issues that occur to one degree or another with people that are sleep deprived. Of course the more sleep deprived a person is than the more significant and greater number of these consequences are going to happen.
The last two consequences affect all sleep deprived people and they are serious.
I am sorry to have to give you all this bad news, but I want you all to evaluate your lives and make sure you are putting enough importance on getting a good night’s sleep because your life literally depends on it.