SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND HEALTH
Sleep Deprivation caused by Single Hemispheric sleep
may be life-threatening
I appear to be the first person to relate single hemispheric sleep with the high suicide rate of combat veterans.
The link between single hemispheric sleep and suicide appears obvious.
Soldiers experiencing 1-3 or more years in combat have learned nightly single hemispheric sleep for self- preservation. If they don't awaken immediately upon hearing strange noises, inaction could result in their death.
Because of the learned behavior of single hemispheric sleep, they experience severe effects of sleep deprivation.
Military troops returning from combat and veterans need to learn how to sleep using both sides of their brain/mind. This should be taught as part of the debriefing upon being discharged or prior to retirement.
SIDE EFFECTS OF SINGLE HEMISPHERIC SLEEP
3. Reaction to emotional stimuli increases results in
uncontrolled feelings of depression
8. Reduced memory
9. Inferior concentration may affect motor skills
10. Decrease in motor skills
11. Slower reaction time
12. Decisions can be slower, less accurate and/or impulsive
13. Cleansing/removal of toxic molecules within the brain is reduced (normally occurs during
14. Decreased metabolism
15. Cardiovascular problems/disease
16. Changes in blood pressure
17. Changes in heart rate
18. Increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The body may not respond adequately to insulin.
14. Hormones may become unbalanced; Estrogen levels increase
15. Body collagen production decreases
16. Skin, usually repaired/refreshed during sleep, is affected
with breakouts and wrinkling
17. Defective immune system occurs with lowered body defenses
18. Unintentional sleep any time, including when dining or driving
When will our doctors recognize the fatal situation of continued single hemispheric sleep is occurring in our veterans and address the issue?
When will the Veterans Administration and their hospitals recognize the fatal situation of continued single hemispheric sleep is occurring in our veterans and address the issue?
When will our elected officials in Congress and the Senate recognize the fatal situation of continued single hemispheric sleep is occurring in our veterans and address the issue?
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WHAT DOES SLEEP HAVE TO DO WITH OUR HEALTH?
What have you forgotten today?
Do you think you are getting dementia? How old are you? Dementia begins about age 35. When it becomes serious, symptoms are noticeable to others. Could forgetting be your first symptoms?
Don’t worry. Forgetting once in a while is not always a sign of dementia. You usually remember where you put your phone or keys. Right? According to Scott Barry Kaufman, humans are not consistent with how they remember, or, as Kaufman calls it, their “cognitive functioning.” 1 What you forgot today may be a once in several month's occurrence.
What does forgetting have to do with how you slept last night?
Does it matter that some nights you sleep well, while most nights you may awaken, fully alert and ready to go, at the slightest deviation in light, sound or nearby movement? What does sleep have to do with your cognitive functioning? We have learned that sleep deprivation causes many changes in our health, emotions, learning, and social interactions. Refresh yourself by reading what those changes are at the end of this blog.4
In studies of children, it was reported there were “substantial fluctuations in the children’s daily cognitive performance with their nightly sleep quality, time in bed, and daytime tiredness.” The cognitive actions of memory fluctuations were related to the amount of sleep they had. 2
This seems to parallel the studies of adults with sleep deprivation. In the last blog on this site,
dangers resulting from sleep deprivation were listed. They have been repeated at the bottom of this blog.
In 2013, studies of changing of sleep durations in children was found to affect the emotional functioning and cognitive performance of those children.3 Imagine how it affects adults who have continue to experience sleep deprivation every night because they sleep with one hemisphere of their brain awake.
The shortening of the children’s sleep cycle resulted in impaired regulations of their emotions, short-term memory, ability to hold their attention at any given time and giving positive responses. It was found that sleep deprivation of just a few nights created changes in the children’s functioning during their awake hours. Thus, like adults, sleep deprivation has a negative impact on children.
Imagine the impact of sleep deprivation of our military personnel deployed in combat regions when they experience 1-2 years of continued sleep deprivation due to single hemispheric sleep. They only knew they were always tired after hours of sleep and may have taken medication to feel better. When they leave the military, they continue that same learned sleep behavior as a civilian. Our veterans return to their safe and secure homes to find they can no longer sleep as well as they did prior to joining the military. Their sleep is no longer restful or refreshing.
Until they are taught how to relax in order to sleep with both hemispheres of their brain at the same time, they may be doomed to single hemispheric sleep the rest of their lives.
BEWARE: Continued single hemispheric sleep becomes a learned behavior. Nightly sleep remains in the “sleep alert” mode as it did when veterans were deployed in a combat zone. At that time, one of their brain’s hemispheres remained awake and alert every night. The sleep deprivation continues to mount up until the results become unbearable.
Some or all of the sleep deprivation symptoms and diseases will surface in their body and mind. The person affected won’t know why and will suffer more every day. They will lose their ability to see life’s positives. Illness and despondent behavior may follow.
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Those who have dedicated their lives to the United States and its citizens deserve information, treatment and care.
4 https://www.irenebaron.com/irene_baron_blog1/sleep___how_to_fall_asleep1/ .
5. Koch, Christof. Neuroscience. “Sleeping with Half a Brain.” Scientific American MIND. 1 September 2016.