Sleep: Physical and Mental

Psychological disorders have been around for decades, though thorough study began late in term of it’s existence. Each disorder has its own combination and variety of symptoms, many including a drop of functionality, such as social and scholastic, mood changes that go from nearly unnoticeable to extreme in changes etc. (A.P.A, 2018) Another set if disorders that affect many are sleep disorders, going from insomnia to sleep apnea. These two disorders have been and are currently still being researched today, however the question I raise today is if these disorders have any hard connections with one another.

To start, many of the known psychological disorders have warning symptoms that can alert those trying to detect a disorder early, the AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION writes that some symptoms include problems thinking, apathy, illogical thinking nervousness, unusual behavior, and strangely enough, “sleep changes”(A.P.A., 2018) When they talk about sleep changes, they mean how many hours they sleep, changes in unconscious thinking, meaning dreams.

For example, people ages fourteen and up typically are the ones who are more likely to suffer from the known sleep disorders, they need a minimum of eight to ten hours of sleep every night to remain healthy and active, however when they suffer from a disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea, their sleep schedule if heavily modified and could have drastic affects to their health. (Gregory, 2018)

What effects the health of people more is the levels in which the symptoms come into play. There are those who perhaps have a per-disposition to mental illness, such as their family line having a history of mental illness, or another factor can be the environment they are in.

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(book cite) when it comes to sleep disorders, the severity of the damage done reflects from the severity of the symptoms.(Gregory, 2018) the illness Insomnia is one of the most well known sleep disorders that we have a good understanding of; because the human body requires sleep, those with insomnia and other disorders suffer not only physical health deterioration, but more serous mental health problems. One of the more serious symptoms is depression; a study done By Harvard Medical School states that,

”about 1,000 adults ages 21 to 30 enrolled in a Michigan health maintenance organization found that, compared with normal sleepers, those who reported a history of insomnia during an interview in 1989 were four times as likely to develop major depression by the time of a second interview three years later.”(Harvard, 2018)

Sleep deprivation is a leading cause in depression, however the roles are also reversed, as people with depression have a high change of developing sleep disorders, .(Harvard, 2018) returning to the topic of extreme to minimal effect, one of the most common symtoms when it is an extreme case of inomnia or apnea is memory loss; which can be attruibuted to the drop in functionality, and as the symptoms and ilness progresses in siverity, so do the memory and function imarment, which can remain and become permanen. (A.P.A, 2018)

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