Chronic Sleep Deprivation

A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain.

A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain.

Symptoms of chronic sleep-deprivation manifest when an individual regularly does not achieve enough sleep (usually 7 and 8 hours per night). This interferes with good health and optimal brain function. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is a common and dangerous entity in today’s modern society.

Sleep deprivation can occur voluntarily (such as from working two or more jobs, shift-work, a busy life and family commitments), or secondary to a primary sleep disorder that causes wakefulness or chronic sleep disruption (such as from pain, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder). Whatever the cause, sleep-deprivation has detrimental effects on the mind.

Sleep deprivation means insufficient sleep; although common in modern society, sleep deprivation has significant consequences on health and well-being.