The Importance of sleep and the dangerous consequences behind being deprived of it affects every one, and has cause a few life changing events to take place according to William C. Dements and Christopher Vaughan the authors of “Sleep Debt and the Mortgaged Mind. Being deprived of sleep has causes an environmental damaged over 2 million dollars, due to a captain on The Exxon Valdez oil tanker ignoring direction. According to this passage People thought the oil spill was because of alcohol, but later realized it was in fact because of the captain only receiving 6 hours of sleep in 2 days. “His brain was not interpreting the danger in what they said”.
(Dements and Vaughan 499) This cause and effect situation received little attention from the media after the directed caused was identified. This passages argues that that “Even the most careful drivers are at risk, because we simply do not tell people in training classes how to recognize the signs of dangerous sleepiness” Dements and Vaughan 499) People should learn how to recognize when it is difficult to keep their eyelids open and to stay clear of harm, according to this passages When one becomes drowsy it should automatically be a sign of red alert. Consequences of losing sleep you must replace hour by hour.
This is how the term debt is created. Losing a certain amount one night and owe the following. This passages states that even if a person is awoken from their sleep a cumulative amount of times sleep can still add up to the normal amount. Losing sleep caused MSLT test scores not to be as good as when students received the right amount of sleep.
In conclusion, Sleep is important because without it the consequences could be unlikely, Causing life threating and environmental damage. Sleep debt affects a person being from all ages, sizes, color and race.
Work CitiedDement and Vaughan: Sleep Debt and the Mortgaged Mind: Reading and Writing across the Curriculum pg. 497-505. Suzanne Phelps, Donna Campion, 11th Edition, Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. International, 2011 pg. 497-504. Print.