Viral News Boy :- It is possible for a person’s physical and mental well-being to deteriorate dramatically after just three days of sleep deprivation.
These are the findings of a new study that was recently published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine journal.
The study looked at the effects of sleeping less than six hours per day for eight nights in a row on people’s health.
Remember that experts recommend that an adult sleep for at least six hours per day to maintain optimal health. This figure is around 7 or 8 hours per day for adolescents, and up to 9 hours per day for children.
Soomi Lee, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies and the study’s principal author, discovered that the most significant rise in symptoms occurred after only one night of sleep loss– that is, after sleeping fewer than six hours.
Furthermore, the number of physical and mental problems increased steadily, reaching a peak on the third day. According to research, the human body becomes relatively accustomed to sleep loss on the third day.
The data began to shift dramatically on day six, when participants reported that the severity of their physical symptoms had worsened, according to the researchers.
Sleep deprivation does not improve by sleeping on weekends.
“Many of us believe we can pay off our sleep debt on weekends and be more productive during the week,” Lee explains, but the findings of this study reveal that “even one night without sleep can have a major impact on a person’s daily functioning.”
To conduct the study, researchers used data from the Midlife in the United States survey, which comprised approximately 2,000 middle-aged adults who were relatively healthy and well-educated in terms of sleep.
Researchers were able to review how lack of sleep affects wear and tear on the body by having participants record their mental and physical actions in a notebook for eight days.
42 percent of those who took part in the study had at least one night of sleep loss, in which they slept an hour and a half less than they normally would.
Finally, as a result of their lack of sleep, individuals reported an accumulation of feelings of anger, uneasiness, loneliness, irritation, and frustration. They also had greater physical symptoms, including upper respiratory tract issues, aches, gastrointestinal issues, and other health issues.
Furthermore, during successive days of sleep loss, these negative feelings and symptoms grew continuously and did not return to baseline unless they got a nocturnal sleep of more than six hours.
Soomi Lee adds that once this becomes a habit, the body finds it more difficult to properly recover from the lack of sleep, resulting in a vicious cycle of diminishing everyday well-being, which can have an impact on people’s professional lives.
According to the expert, she observed that losing only 16 minutes of sleep can influence work performance in a previous directed study that she led personally. Furthermore, their earlier findings demonstrate that decreased sleep loss can reduce everyday attention, which is an important resource for stress management and sticking to good habits.
As a result, Lee finishes the study by stating that getting more than six hours of sleep per night is the greatest method to maintain good everyday physical and mental function.