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My doctor called. She is not happy with my sleep. I have been wearing the sleep tracker and she receives the reports. I stopped looking at them because, well, I found it depressing. I thought I had a great night’s sleep and the report would say 20 minutes of light sleep was all I got.  

She then lined out the short term consequences of sleep deprivation and then marched right on to the long term consequences. Normally I like her, but today she was not a ray of sunshine, she was a down right rain cloud.

So I think we should figure out together how much we really know about sleep deprivation. 

  • Reducing your sleep time as little as an hour and a half causes a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • A heart attack can be caused by long term sleep deprivation.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sleepiness in the daytime can impair your cognative ability.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Everyone requires at least six hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sleep deprivation is likely to encourage overeating and weight problems.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sleep deprivation when pregnant can contribute to fetal ADD.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • We should all just stop right now and take a 15 minute nap!

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sleep disruptioin is one of the predictors of institutionalization of the elderly.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No
  • Patients with moderate sleep apnea perform as poorly as drunk drivers.

    Tell us what you think:

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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  1. I go through periods of sleeping and not sleeping. There are nights when I stare at the ceiling waiting for the alarm clock to sound.

    There are nights when the alarm clock sounds and startles me.

    to sleep, perchance to dream…

  2. I thought I slept well but all that tossing I do perhaps will show on that monitor and so may be I do not sleep well😱

    Having said that there are people around me who are active but hardly sleep if what your doctor says is correct.

  3. I’ve been managing on about 4 hours of sleep a night; but I know that it can cause all of those things that you mentioned. I did an article here on Virily a while back about sleep deprivation. Good post.

  4. Hope you can get the sleep and rest you need. I usually manage on 6 hours of sleep but sometimes I wake up much too quickly say after about 4 hours and if I cannot sleep I get up and do stuff and then take a nap later on but it throws off my day.

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