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Is there a link between sleep loss and dissociation?

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Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: There can be a link

Brain fatigue, and loss of sleep quality and quantity, can lead to rem [dream] sleep deprivation, and "breakthrough" psychotic type experiences such as experiencing dreamy or nightmare states in mixed consciousness states.
Even auditory and other hallucinations. And, yes, dissociation of consciousness can occur more freq in such fatigue. Other causes or factors should also be examined, too.

In brief: There can be a link

Brain fatigue, and loss of sleep quality and quantity, can lead to rem [dream] sleep deprivation, and "breakthrough" psychotic type experiences such as experiencing dreamy or nightmare states in mixed consciousness states.
Even auditory and other hallucinations. And, yes, dissociation of consciousness can occur more freq in such fatigue. Other causes or factors should also be examined, too.
Dr. John Benson
Dr. John Benson
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bidirectional

Sleep loss is often caused by dissociation.
The person may go to bed and then another alter wakes up and goes out at night and returns before morning. Do this 2 nights in a row and you are really sleep deprived. Likewise, sleep deprivation can lead someone with did to dissociate because different alters have different abilities to handle sleep deprivation, thus a vicious circle can form.

In brief: Bidirectional

Sleep loss is often caused by dissociation.
The person may go to bed and then another alter wakes up and goes out at night and returns before morning. Do this 2 nights in a row and you are really sleep deprived. Likewise, sleep deprivation can lead someone with did to dissociate because different alters have different abilities to handle sleep deprivation, thus a vicious circle can form.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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