Surprising Link Between Sleep Deprivation Psychosis And Mental Illness


The term sleep deprivation means getting less than the necessary amount of sleep. For adults, that ranges from 7 to 9 hours per night, and children and teens need even more than adults. A study conducted by sleep researchers at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute and the University of Oxford in the U.K. discovered that “sleep disruption is a driving factor in the occurrence of:

Insomnia is usually thought of as a symptom of depression, but now it might be a cause of it.

What Is Sleep Deprivation Psychosis?

In sleep medicine, sleep deprivation is defined based on the duration of sleep, which is the total amount of time a person spends asleep. However, the reality is that being well-rested is more than just about how many hours you sleep. Because of this, the terms “sleep deficiency” or “sleep insufficiency” are used most often to describe factors that reduce the quantity and/or quality of sleep and keep a person from waking up refreshed.

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