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Sleep Deprivation and Your Performance

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:48 / By Andrew Rynne

Sleep Deprivation and Your Performance

Sleep deprivation, for whatever reason, significantly affects your health, performance, memory, and reaction times. It is my view that doctors do not enquirer about sleep quality sufficiently.


If sleep deprivation is effecting you, we can help you find the cause and provide you with a plan that will help you back into healthy sleeping again

Sleep DeprivationCommon Causes

Before we consider sleep deprivation and your performance it might be useful to give some common causes of sleep disturbance giving rise to sleep deprivation:

• Chronic anxiety or stress.
Chronic depression.
• Chronic pain such as from rheumatoid arthritis, Polymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis.
• Noise disturbance such as snoring bed fellow.
• Caring for babies and infants.
• Sleep apnoea. This is often overlooked, most particularly if the sufferer lives alone.
• Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) of a severity necessitating frequent night time urination.
• Night sweats as from menopause for example.
• Caffeine taken too close to bedtime.
• Restless Leg Syndrome.

Sleep is not a luxury it is a vital necessity and we all need 7 to 9 hours of it in every 24 hours. Sleep deprivation is not some vague inconvenience; it is a serious matter with potentially very serious health and emotion consequence.


Whether you are suffering from long-term insomnia, sleep deprivation or just restless nights. Contact us today for specialist advice and support.

Sleep DeprivationSome Consequences of Sleep Deprivation:

The consequences may be most marked when that deprivation is of recent onset and short duration. However, chronic sleep deprivation also can have serious consequence

Memory problems
Severe sleep deprivation will lead to memory problems and will make it harder to process new information.

Not sleeping enough is bad for your mood. Chronic sleep deprivation will even change the serotonin system in the brain. Low serotonin is associated with depression, stress, and many psychological symptoms. Remember, sleep deprivation is a popular form of torture.

Reduced concentration and reaction time
Responsiveness will be slower and it will be harder to fully focus on your daily tasks. This can make driving dangerous. The probability of all accidents increases enormously when you are tired.

Mental fatigue
Sleep deprivation will cause mental fatigue, which in its turn will cause you to make mistakes more often, especially later during the day. Creativity also suffers enormously when you are sleep deprived.

Weakened immune system
Lack of sleep will eventually lead to a weakened immune system, which on its turn will lead to all sorts of health problems. .

When sleep deprived, you are more likely to become irritable and angry about small and trivial things. Your short fuse can lead to all kinds of social problems.

Physical complaints
Too little sleep can make you suffer from all kinds of physical complaints such as muscle pain, headache, dizziness, trembling, nausea etc. Especially headache and sleep deprivation often go hand in hand. Research has shown that people who are prone to headaches have a higher than average need for sleep.


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