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What's the likelihood i could get psychosis from sleep deprivation? I've had insomnia from depression and haven't slept properly in about two months.

What's the likelihood i could get psychosis from sleep deprivation? I've had insomnia from depression and haven't slept properly in about two months.

Unlikely: Profound sleep deprivation can lead to psychosis with hallucinations, but would require several days without any sleep. However, if you have an underlying manic depression risk, two or three days without sleep could precipitate a manic episode. Otherwise, you will have cognitive impairment from partial sleep deprivation, and risk for falling asleep while driving etc; more fatal than psychosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


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How dangerous is sleep deprivation and why? I'm just really curious, and also, what is the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation?

How dangerous is sleep deprivation and why? I'm just really curious, and also, what is the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation?

Insomnia: Insomnia is difficulty initiating, maintaining or waking early or non restorative sleep sleep deprivation is continuous absence of sleep and it can cause death usually after 7 days of no sleep. ...Read more

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Insomnia vs. Sleep Deprivation? I have periods off and on of little or no sleep, but I hear that being sleep deprived can kill? 19, f, anxiety/depres.

Insomnia vs. Sleep Deprivation? I have periods off and on of little or no sleep, but I hear that being sleep deprived can kill? 19, f, anxiety/depres.

Insomnia is not: likely to kill anyone but it can make life very difficult. Nature eventually takes over and you will sleep. Please see your doc. Ask about low dose melatonin, and natural sleep aid. Look at your lifestyle. Do you work shift work? Do you consume a lot of stimulants? Something on your mind that you can discuss w/someone? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are the effects of chronic sleep deprivation reversible? I have been having trouble sleeping for past 3 years, and can the damage done be repaired?

Are the effects of chronic sleep deprivation reversible? I have been having trouble sleeping for past 3 years, and can the damage done be repaired?

Sleep evaluation: Sleep is essential to health. You need to find out why you cannot sleep. You doctor can help you and give you a referral to a sleep specialist for an evaluation. Talk to your parents about this. Don't rely on caffeine or other substances to keep you wake during the daytime, or substances for sleep at night. ...Read more

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What is causing my sleep deprivation?

What is causing my sleep deprivation?

See a sleep doc: This is a huge question and would entail a detailed history in order to figure this out. See a board certified sleep physician and he/she should be able to help you pinpoint the source(s). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sleep deprivation?

Lack of sleep.: Lack of sleep can lead to v concentration, v effectiveness in learning, fatigue, v concentration, v alertness, & day time sleepiness. Severe sleep deprivation can lead to more serious problems such as psychosis. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

A condition in which, either consciously or unconsciously, you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically, adults require six to eight hours, although some people require ...Read more