Sleep deprivation

Prim Care. 2005 Jun;32(2):475-90. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2005.02.011.


The occurrence of chronic sleep deprivation in the population is commonplace. Both duration and quality of sleep are important to assess when evaluating a patient who has sleep complaints. Excessive sleepiness and decreased psychomotor performance have been demonstrated after sleep deprivation. Sleep loss may impact mood, autonomic function, and the immune system. Sleep-deprived adults may have impaired job performance and are prone to motor vehicle accidents. Simple interventions to ensure adequate sleep can help avoid these hazards.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Caffeine
  • Disorders of Excessive Somnolence
  • Humans
  • Modafinil
  • Primary Health Care
  • Sleep Deprivation / diagnosis*
  • Sleep Deprivation / physiopathology
  • Sleep Deprivation / therapy
  • Wakefulness*


  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Caffeine
  • Modafinil