It is important for everyone to get enough sleep, but many people often ignore it. If people do not get enough sleep they may experience sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can have negative effects. When people do not get enough sleep or less, they may feel crabby and unable to function as well as they usually do the next day. Balancing work and parenting as a single parent in today’s society is tough. Juggling children, work, taking care of home, and cart the children to extracurricular activities are a lot for one’s plate. As single parent I had my share of sleepless nights as well, mostly when either my children fall sick or when I work extra shift at work. The last time I remember when I had a sleepless night was when both of these factors together came to hunt me. I agreed to work extra hours at the hospital because the night shift secretary was unable to come into work. Although I had worked a 12 hour shift, I still had enough energy to work at less five more hours that I had agreed too. At the end of my shift I was ready for a hot shower and my warm bed to rest.
My daughter came down with a fever that night. She was vomiting, and could not keep any fluids down. My daughter was restless and was only able to sleep an hour at a time. I wasn’t really able to sleep at all because I was constantly checking her temperature. Each time she vomited or even tossed and fussed in her sleep I was up with her. Of course when the sun had risen I immediately took my daughter to the doctor. That morning I wasn’t myself at all; I was impatient, irritable, and moodiness with everything. I rushed my boys out of the bathroom and to get dressed. I also did weird things like put my daughter’s shoes on the wrong foot and put her cup inside my purse. Waiting on the doctor to enter the room and standing in line at the drug store; I was both impatient and irritable. When talking to the doctor he had to constantly repeat himself because I couldn’t keep up with what he was saying or I had forgotten what he had said. Driving back home I couldn’t concentrate on the road and it had got to the point that I had nod off while driving. After the long day at the doctor’s office and the trip to the drug store my daughter was tried that gave me the opportunity to take nap. After the nap I felt more like myself, even though my daughter was still ill.
Sleep deprivation has negative effect on one’s mood, cognitive function, motor performance, and physiological function. (Pinel, 2007). A person may experience three consistent effects if they receive 3 or 4 hours of sleep in one night (Pinel, 2007). First consistent effect, a person may experience increase in sleepiness. If given the opportunity they may fall asleep quickly (Pinel, 2007). Second consistent effect, a person may display mood swings. And third, a person’s performance may be poorly.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorders that prevent a person from getting restful sleep. Insomnia is a sleep disorder of difficulty...