Doctor, 35, Dies from Overwork after Covering Colleagues’ Shifts

Bad sleeping patterns cannot bring any good for the body because sleeping is a process that needs to be regularly achieved if we want healthy body.

The toll of sleeping deprivation terminally affected Dr. Stefanus Taofik of Indonesia. This 35-year-old anesthesiologist passed away due to this reason. He died in June of 2017 due to a heart failure after he spent 4 days in a row working at various hospitals during Eid al-Fitr. Namely, he volunteered for extra shifts at his own hospital, Bintaro Jaya Hospital, and as well as volunteered additional time at 2 separate hospitals to help his colleagues to celebrate the holiday, so he took their shifts too.

However, his heart could not survive this and after four days he was found dead in a hospital ward. According to scientists the reason for his death was lack of sleep, which changed his cardiovascular functions together with the heart rate and blood pressure, which altered the hormonal stress response, and substantially elevated the risk of a cardiovascular event.

Heart failure can occur as a result of various set of issues, it can happen quickly or after a long period of time. The heart loses its ability to pump the needed amounts of blood by the body. It may occur due to narrowed heart valves, inadequate closing of the heart valves, thinning or weakening of the muscles, or loss of elasticity in heart muscles.

In the case of Dr. Dao Fei the heart failure resulted from unhealthy set of factors like his chronic lack of sleep, and unfortunately it happened very quickly.

Many people nowadays are being short of proper sleep and rest; the risks of being overworked are serious.

According to a 2010 research study led by Anoop Shankar, Shirmila Syamala, and Sita Kalidindi of West Virginia University School of Medicine shortage of sleep leads to an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

The findings revealed persons with less rest were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

It is a fact that chronic sleep deprivation is a great threat for the health, however short-term sleep deprivation also negatively impacts body’s health.

The National Lung, Heart, and Blood Institute conveyed a survey where the following findings were concluded:

“As part of a health survey for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7–19 percent of adults in the United States reported not getting enough rest or sleep every day.

Nearly 40 percent of adults report falling asleep during the day without meaning to at least once a month.  Also, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans have chronic (ongoing) sleep disorders.”

For that reason, in order to maintain your health you need to get the required sleep every single day. In the chart below, see the recommended amount of sleep per day according to age needed for optimal health.

Age  Recommended Sleeping Hours

Infants in the age range of 4-12 months              12 to 16 hours per day (plus naps)

Children in the age range of 12-24 months         11 to 14 hours per day (plus naps)

Children in the age range of 3-5 years                 10 to 13 hours per day (plus naps)

Children in the age range of 6-12 years               9 to 12 hours per day

Teenagers in the age range of 13-18 years          8 to 10 hours per day

Grown-ups 18 +                                                        7 to 8 hours per day

Common Signs of Sleep Deprivation

  1. Inexplicable mood swings
  2. Difficulty focusing
  3. Muscle pain or muscle fatigue
  4. All the time feeling sleepy
  5. Slow reaction times

Proper sleep and rest is a must in order to preserve your health and in that way you are avoiding the occurrence of certain health risks.

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