sleep deprivation

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Noun1.sleep deprivation - a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
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I'll never forget waking from a micro-sleep in the doctor's surgery to just catch, in those dull, medical tones: ".
He was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea in 2015 and his lawyers argued he had experienced a micro-sleep just before the crash.
I had a micro-sleep behind the wheel of the car, mounted a verge and ended up running into a tree," she told The Lamp.
It also demonstrates micro-sleep architecture of both generalized and unique types.