Sleep Deprivation: Practical and Philosophical Considerations



Understanding the subjective and objective consequences of sleep deprivation has relevance for many aspects of health and performance. The collection of topics in this book explores areas of particular interest. Despite major advances in the field of sleep deprivation, especially in clinical sleep medicine, it is important to remain mindful that much uncertainty remains. The definitions of normal sleep, the consequences of impaired sleep quality or quantity, and the manner in which sleep is quantified in health and disease are all moving targets and actively debated. It is especially challenging to maintain a balanced approach in the field of sleep deprivation, when personal experience may provide stronger valence and face validity than might be typical in other medically relevant subspecialties. This chapter outlines various challenges and uncertainties, with the hope that improved recognition of uncertainties will aid in future advancements.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Deprivation Sleep Duration Total Sleep Time Short Sleep Duration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of NeurologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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