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3 Causes of Sleep Deprivation

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Sleep deprivation can be caused by one or a combination of the following factors – lifestyle, medical conditions, and side-effects of medication. The knock-on effects of a lack of sleep can have an effect on your entire body from brain fog, clumsiness, mood swings or even something catastrophic.

1. Lifestyle factors that cause sleeplessness are:

  • Excess intake of caffeine (tea/coffee/colas) and alcohol consumption before bedtime.
  • Skewed working hours that go on until late in the night.
  • Some studies suggest that smoking is also connected to sleeplessness.
  • Watching movies/playing games or hanging out until the wee hours of the morning can also impair sleep patterns.
  • Stress and hyper-anxiety are other lifestyle factors.
Sleep Deprivation can be caused by too much screen time
Sleep Deprivation can be caused by too much screen time

2. Certain medicines can cause sleeplessness. It is best to consult your doctor about your medicine’s side-effects.

3. Medical conditions such as asthma, chronic depression, mental health issues, sleep apnea, and various other medical conditions can cause sleeplessness.

It’s time to see a doctor when any of the following symptoms are experienced:

  • Constant irritability; always being on the edge; blowing a fuse at the smallest of occurrences.
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Anxiety.
  • Not feeling sleepy at bedtime night after night (say for 7-10 days at a stretch).
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Feeling regularly tired at work.
  • Getting infections frequently.
  • Feeling a strange, vague type of discomfort.
  • Appetite changes – for the worse.

These may or may not be due to sleep deprivation effects– they may be caused by medical conditions, but it’s best to let your health care professional be the judge of that. If you find breathing issues are causing sleep issues, talk to your doctor to see if a portable oxygen concentrator can help you out.

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