Are You Sleep Deprived?
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
No matter how much sleep you need, if you don't get enough, you will suffer the effects of sleep deprivation. Research has shown that in tests of driving ability and hand-eye coordination, people deprived of sleep perform as badly as, or even worse than, people who are intoxicated. It's no wonder that drowsiness is a major cause of traffic accidents and deaths.
Individuals vary in their need for sleep. Some people require nine or more hours of sleep per night, while others may not feel deprived after just five hours of sleep. But the average adult requires seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
Are you getting enough sleep? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you often feel drowsy during the day?
- Do you usually fall asleep within the first five minutes after lying down in bed?