What is sleep deprivation?

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Today I am tired, extremely tired. On top of our usual night time wakening with J, B has been having bad dreams and W is not well. The result has been many nights with almost no sleep at all. I am definitely feeling this today. So far I have tried to put the bottle steriliser into the fridge instead of the microwave (I even cleared a space on a shelf for it), I’ve attempted to squeeze J into one of W’s baby nappies, my eyebrows are pencilled in eyeliner rather than brow pencil and I tried to drive without putting the car in gear when pulling away from the traffic lights. Not to mention a few other mishaps along the way.

This made me wonder about what the definition of sleep deprivation actually is. Am I sleep deprived or just really, really tired? Continue reading

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