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Yes Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation Are Totally Different, Here's How...

When you worry about sleeping, it tends to make things worse and your sleep anxiety will  actually lead you to still not being able to sleep. A part of that worry could be regarding why it is you're not sleeping or unable to sleep and what it could do to your health. That's why it's very important to know the difference between sleep deprivation and insomnia

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A lot of people think they're same thing or are simply confused by what is it that makes them different, when it fact they are very different especially when it comes to the cause of the issue. So here's what you should know...

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What is Sleep Deprivation?

Sleep deprivation happens because of outside factors that affect your sleep or ability to sleep enough or go to bed. Psychology Today say "Deprivation implies the lack of opportunity to satisfy an important physiological need". Which is like moms with newborn babies or someone with really long working hours. It's not that it's a choice, but if they were to actually go to bed they would probably sleep, but certain factors in their life are not allowing them to do so or get enough sleep. So, it can almost be like a voluntary or an unconscious choice. 

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A irregular or bad sleeping pattern can also be a factor that causes sleep deprivation. The average sleeping hours for each night should be at least around 8 hours. People become sleep deprived the more they keep losing those 8 hours of sleep for a long time. 

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Sleep deprivation can cause tiredness and really extreme fatigue, among other health problems  like anxiety, depression, exhaustion, a hard time concentrating and it can even cause accidents.

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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. It's not something you choose or have control over. You have plenty of time to sleep, but you're in a state of alert and unable to sleep enough or get sufficient and adequate good quality sleep or any sleep at all. It can be triggered by mental health problems, health conditions or some medication and substances. And because insomnia is a sleep disorder, it often needs therapy, unlike sleep deprivation, which can be fixed by adopting a better lifestyle, habits and sleeping patterns. 

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Insomnia Symptoms

- Can't fall asleep.

- You wake up in the middle of night.

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- Fall out of sleep quickly and you lose sleep all the time.

- Hard to stay asleep. 

- You wake up really early.

- A hard time concentrating.

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- You can't get your brain to shut off.

- You don't feel rested and satisfied with your sleep.

- You're anxious, irritable or depressed.

- Sleep anxiety or worrying about your sleep.

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