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Content updated on Sep 14, 2022

What is sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation occurs when either the quantity or quality of sleep is lacking. It can be due to medical/psychological issues, or social causes like changes in schedule and jet lag.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation

  • Feeling down

Questions your doctor may ask to check for sleep deprivation

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose sleep deprivation

  • Have you been feeling depressed recently?

Treatment for sleep deprivation

The best cure is to have adequate sleep. Sleep hygiene techniques may help, e.g. ensuring a dark quiet room, having enough physical activity in the day, and reserving the bed for sleeping activities only. Rarely, supplements or medications may be needed to restart a healthy sleep cycle.

View the symptoms of Sleep deprivation

  • Depressed


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