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Sleep deprivation
Post by Lendi on Mar 18th, 2008, 07:14am

Think you can get by on a few hours of sleep each night without any serious consequences?

Think again.

Depriving yourself of sleep can have a detrimental effect on your overall health, said Dr. Shyam Subramianian, assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a sleep expert.

"Research shows that several body functions are disturbed when you're not getting enough sleep. This ranges from neuropsychiatric disruptions to general cardiovascular function," he said.

Sleep deprivation causes host of problems Sleep deprivation can disrupt normal brain function and lead to short term memory loss, anxiety and even depression, said Subramanian. For someone who already suffers from a mood disorder, a lack of sleep can trigger more severe symptoms of the disorder.

Lack of sleep also affects how well the body functions. While you sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline and platelet function slow down. Disrupting this slowdown can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or blood clots, said Subramanian.

However, the body releases the hormones cortisol and leptin during slow-wave sleep, the period of deepest sleep. Cortisol regulates the immune system and plays a role in glucose regulation. The risk of diabetes and a poor immune system result with a lack of cortisol in the body. Leptin plays a role in suppressing the appetite. Some research shows that sleep deprivation increases the risk of obesity and insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

Insulin resistance is also a common symptom in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have fertility problems, irregular periods and weight gain, among other problems. Many women with this problem also stop breathing while they are asleep (apnea). For some, treating apnea relieves the symptoms of their disease, said Subramanian

Signs of sleep deprivation include fatigue, falling asleep involuntarily throughout the day and constantly waking up at night, among others. Adults between the ages of 18 and 60 should get about seven and a half to eight hours of sleep each night. Children under the age of 5 years should get 11 to 12 hours of sleep each night.

Every hour of sleep you lose watching late night television or chatting on the phone will have an effect the next morning and perhaps over your lifetime as well, experts say.

It's no wonder I had so much trouble when I didn't sleep more than a few hrs and only in stage 2 for the most part.

I was a walking talking MS poster child before I started sleeping better. It was just my bad luck to actually have MS. My neuro said that I probably wouldn't have found it if I hadn't had such a severe sleep disorder to go with it.

It's progressed some, since then so I'm not sure about that, but almost all of my physical symptoms disappeared.


Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by damama on Mar 18th, 2008, 6:03pm

i've been sleep deprived for many years.
some nights i have a difficult time falling asleep,
and every night i have a difficult time STAYING asleep.

i've been on several different meds through the years, but nothing works for very long.
currently i'm on muscle relaxants.

the rheumy wants me to get 4 hours of sleep, without waking up.....
then the goal is 5 hours without waking.
<sigh>
my body hurts when i change position,
and i'm plagued by hot flashes,
so i waken many times a night.

SOME nights i manage 4 hours at a time....

this article sure does makes me wonder how many things are affected by my inconsistent sleep!
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Lendi on Mar 19th, 2008, 08:27am

Aw, Damama sleep derprivation sure makes life difficult. Wish there was something that would help with your stiffness and hot flashes, maybe you wouldn't wake up quite as often.  :grouphug:

I sure wish they'd find better meds for the problem. Perhaps everything else would be better, even if it wasn't sleeping well for 8 hrs. would make it easier to deal with the rest.
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by applecollector on Jun 19th, 2008, 12:56pm

what is it when you go from not sleeping to sleeping all the time :crazy:
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Bonnie on Jun 19th, 2008, 3:24pm

I sleep for maybe two hrs., need to go potty. Then I wake up around 2 am toss and turn as my back or hips hurt so I finally just get up and watch tv for an hr or two or read. Then I am tired all day.  :crazy:
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Lendi on Jun 21st, 2008, 06:40am

My sleep Dr. gave me a CD put out by Ambien CR.
It goes through relaxation tips both physical and mental.

It's really helping. I fell asleep when I was listening/doing the relaxation stuff. Amazing. Now, if I could remember to do it when I wake in the middle of the night. rolleyes

He did say it wouldn't get me off of my meds, however. It's just a non-med way to enhance it. undecided
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Myth on Jun 1st, 2010, 10:14am

My doc, or I should say former doc, said I was in a constant state of sleep deprivation. I was all like 'duh'. But it is amazing in itself she acknowledged this, since while sleeping issues are a Huge concern for us and FMS in general, they are largely ignored by doctors. In my case, in addition to the actual effects of sleep deprivation and the ramifications with FMS, lack of sleep became a horrific migraine trigger. Thusly she was forced to actually do something about it and put me on zopiclone. Usually one of those super bitter pills would knock out a grown man for 8 hours, but since I have uber strong insomnia like the rest of us, it gives me about 5, but they are decent sleeping hours and have vastly helped many areas including what I call midnight and morning migraine fun time.
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Lendi on Jun 1st, 2010, 10:25am

I haven't heard of that med, Myth but I'm sure happy to hear it's helping you. I'll have to check into it. Hello, as well, btw.


Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Myth on Jun 1st, 2010, 10:35am

Hey Lendi.... I have not been on this board in ages... too many migraines had me focusing on that and little else.  :censored: So its nice to check in. The med is a sleeping pill, I believe in the states it is similar somewhat to Lunesta. I have been told it is the only sleeping pill that can be taken for a longer duration.
Re: Sleep deprivation
Post by Lendi on Jul 13th, 2010, 10:31am

Hey, Myth! It's good to see you. Sorry about those migraines. They're sure dibilitating.

I take ambien which isn't supposed to be taken all the time but then there isn't a chance that I'll ever not need it so...

My last sleep study showed that I have narcolepsy. I got up and went to the restroom and one moment I was walking the next I was on the floor and had broken my front tooth off.

He said that was a cataplexy attack. After thinking about it I've had 3 of them. I hear there are those that are much worse off, though so I'm grateful that I'm able to get through each day.