The definition of paranoia is:
“…a mental condition … It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, of drug abuse, or of a serious condition such as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.”
Lack of sleep can propel you quicker into the state of paranoia. It will increase your lack of good judgement, and cause you to make bad decisions.
What are the symptoms of paranoia?
Schizophrenia (splitting of the mind) … a scattered mind, thoughts that are not coherent and organized. Schizophrenia is not always the case of a split personality.
“Schizo” is derived from the Greek “skhizein” which means “to split”.
“Phrenia” is defined as “the mind”.
So yes, lack of sleep does cause a case of paranoia
The following are a few videos that answer questions you may have about sleep paranoia and how to treat it.
How do I get rid of my sleep paranoia?
Dr. Kati talks regarding sleep paralysis, but she offers some good tips around minute 5:30.
* Work towards a regular sleep routine.
* Order your thoughts by first ordering your sleep/wake schedule. Have a certain time when you go to sleep and set a certain time when you will get up.
* Go to sleep at 10:30pm and get up at 7:30am, and be consistent about it.
The point is to have a schedule and stick to it.
Accomplishing some little goal will help you put order into your life.
I hope this was helpful.
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