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Signs Of Micro Sleep


Micro sleeps can be associated with brief loss of attention and become drowsy for a fraction of seconds in which the person fails to understand what has happened. Micro sleep can also mean abrupt shifts between being awake and sleeping.

Micro sleep is common among those who suffer from insomnia or are sleep deprived and those who work in night shifts. Micro sleep can prove to be dangerous, especially if you are doing some important task like driving car, or flying an Aeroplane.

Causes of micro sleep

  • Micro sleep is a result of sleep deprivation can be very dangerous because lack of sleep can have negative impact on your central nervous system, which can exhausts your brain function, affects your ability to focus , react , judge and thinking . Sleep deprivation can have harmful affect on cognitive functions in many ways – it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. It can also interfere with the body’s ability to receive signals from brain via nerves which can also result in poor coordination skills and increasing your risks for accidents. Researchers have linked micro sleep to sleep deprivation and longer the duration of micro sleeps the more the risk for dangerous accidents.
  • The negative effects of micro sleep is more in night shift workers because they have to drive in the night to reach home and as they are too tired and this increases the risk for accidents.
  • Micro sleep can also be caused by some medications which make you feel drowsy.
  • Micro sleep can also crop up as a result of boredom or doing repetitive work without caring for warning signs that you are sleepy and it’s time to take rest, this specially occurs in the afternoons or at midnight.

Warning signs of micro sleep

Keep watch on the following signs of micro sleep:

  • fatigue
  • feeling sleepy
  • yawning frequently
  • difficulty keeping your eyes open
  • irritability
  • blank expression
  • loss of focus
  • moody
  • restlessness
  • poor concentration
  • constantly blinking
  • sore eyes
  • drowsiness
  • feeling bored
  • dropping eyelids
  • head nodding
  • slow reaction
  • blank stare

Treating micro sleep involves:-

  • Try to get enough sleep at night time.
  • Maintain sleep wake cycle.
  • Keep your bedroom clean and cool.
  • Do not watch TV, or play games or use your mobile at bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and other beverages like alcohol before bedtime.

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