Why Is Sleep Deprivation So Common Among Caregivers?
Sleep deprivation is a common state in this day and age, as most adults and teens
have become accustomed to reducing their hours of sleep hoping to get more done
during the day. We know this is especially true for students and parents, but none of
them lose more sleep than people in careers like caregiving and healthcare services in
Full-time and overnight caregivers are required to be hypervigilant almost all the time,
which causes them to over-stress and keeps them from getting adequate sleep on a
regular basis. Even though many of them are constantly advised by family, friends, and
colleagues to take better care of themselves and sleep more, they usually ignore these
well-meaning recommendations, mostly because they feel that there is no realistic way
to achieve this.
As a result, caregivers are more prone than others to suffer from conditions associated
with sleep deprivation like mood swings, irritability, impaired attention, aches, and
weakened immune system (a cause of serious concern in times of Covid-19). Added to
this, they are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure, memory issues, and the
most obvious, living in constant exhaustion.
Furthermore, a sleep-deprived caregiver or healthcare worker is likely to have less
patience and empathy to care for patients, both of which are essential virtues in their
career paths. The reason behind this is that, since lack of sleep affects people’s
emotional wellbeing, it can promote feelings of resentfulness and even anger towards
What Is Considered Sleep Deprivation?
Sleep deprivation is a condition that happens when a person does not get enough
sleep, either in quantity or quality, to function well and stay healthy. Insufficient sleep
can happen for many reasons, and they all lead to an inability to carry out day-to-day
activities and, in the case of caregivers, to provide care adequately and safely.
Sleep deprivation disrupts the body’s ability to r