Sleep Deprivation in Survival Situations
Posted by truthpills on 2012/07/31
July 20, 2012
Hey Self-Reliant Nation,
As a practicing obstetrician in the early part of my medical career, I can tell you that delivering babies at 4 a.m. is not conducive to a good sleep pattern. Lack of sleep is called Sleep Deprivation, and can be an acute or chronic condition. In a survival situation, you can imagine the many reasons why you might suffer from not enough sleep: Unfamiliar environments, responsibilities regarding tactical defense, fatigue from strenuous activities, and just plain old stress will combine to greatly increase the incidence of this medical issue.
Sleep Deprivation can significantly impair your brain’s function. There are significant negative effects on alertness and performance which suggest decreases in brain activity. Specifically, the thalamus, involved in alertness and attention and the prefrontal cortex, an area that controls higher-order thought processes. You may become incapable of putting events into the proper perspective and taking appropriate action. The malfunction of these parts of your brain make for a poor addition to a survival group. Sleep Deprivation is thought to have been involved in the deaths of various celebrities, such as Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith (another poor addition to a survival group, rest her soul).
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