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Psy 240 week 6 assignment Sleep Deprivation,disorder and drugs

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Sleep Deprivation
Disorders, and Drugs
Axia College of the University of Phoenix
By Jennifer Johnson

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Lack of sleep is something that every person experiences on a regular basis. Having
disruptions of the circadian rhythms, and the lack of sleep, may cause one to enter into a
dangerous situation. Within this thesis, I will discuss a situation in which I did not get enough
sleep. Did this situation cause an effect on mood, behavior, cognitive, and motor skills? Did this
experience coincide with the effects if sleep deprivation described in the text? What are the
effects of long-term sleep reduction? Lastly, I will discuss common sleeping disorders, and their
possible drug remedies.
Years ago, sleep was something that I could do without any problems. I would stay out all
night, come home and go to bed, and wake up for work and feel refreshed. When I was younger I
would go out to night clubs almost every night and only get about three hours of sleep every
night. After I had children and my schedule became overloaded with work, family, and after
school activities my need for sleep became more apparent. I would require at least four more
hours than that experienced at a young adult.
The changes that had occurred in my daily life had altered my routine to the point that if I did
not receive sleep or was interrupted while sleeping, I could feel the difference in my mood,
behavior, cognitive and motor skills. Just waking up after these instances would give me an
instant attitude and would lash out at others even if they had not done anything. I would have
slurred speech for many hours after awakening, and felt as if I had a hangover after a night of
heavy drinking. Going to work even seemed an obstacle as it would take several hours to get
focused and become more alert. I would experience marked periods of sleepiness during the day
if my activities decreased and often felt groggy, and sluggish.

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