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  • Sleep deprivation occurs when an individual fails to get the amount of sleep that they need.
  • Sleep deprivation can occur due to various lifestyle, work and environmental factors. Sleep disorders and other chronic medical conditions can also cause sleep deprivation.
  • Not enough sleep or disruptions to to sleep can have a major impact on daytime functioning including poor concentration, reduced reaction times and altered mood. In children, sleep deprivation can affect behaviour and school performance.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on brain, metabolic (e.g., overweight/obesity, diabetes) and immune health.
  • Following healthy sleep recommendations, there are things that you can do to improve your sleep. If you need additional support, you should seek help from a GP.

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Reviewed on: 30-06-2014