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Sleep Disruption

Erica Richards, M.D., Ph.D., Maryland Pao, M.D.
Sleep Disruption is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • Sleep disruptions exist when sleep is insufficient to support adequate alertness, performance, and health, either because of reduced total sleep time or fragmentation of sleep by brief arousals.
    • May be volitional or involuntary
  • Acute sleep deprivation refers to no sleep or a reduction in the usual total sleep time, usually lasting one or two days.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation (also called sleep restriction) exists when the individual routinely sleeps less than required for optimal functioning.

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Last updated: October 17, 2014


Richards, Erica, and Maryland Pao. "Sleep Disruption." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2014. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787026/all/Sleep_Disruption.
Richards E, Pao M. Sleep Disruption. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2014. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787026/all/Sleep_Disruption. Accessed July 16, 2019.
Richards, E., & Pao, M. (2014). Sleep Disruption. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787026/all/Sleep_Disruption
Richards E, Pao M. Sleep Disruption [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2014. [cited 2019 July 16]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787026/all/Sleep_Disruption.
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