Effects of Years of Chronic Sleep Deprivation
NormalBreathing Blog by Dr. Artour Rakhimov
My 2017 videos with Chris Prokop (a young guy with a huge dark
beard) were about breathing retraining
and the Buteyko method. We created this series with him in GTA (Greater
Toronto Area) earlier during January of 2017. There were some details about breathing and sleep in these videos, but not specifically about effects of extreme or chronic sleep deprivation.
One may notice that my performance in these videos was miserable. I
looked very tired, exhausted and worn out. To understand details of my
mental and physiological state during this video series, one can simple
take any of these videos (there were over 20 of them in total) and then
stop the screen and see my facial expressions.
During the first day of this video series, as many as 1/3 or up to
30-40% of time my eyers were closed. In the past, I did not know about
this effect of sleep deprivation (having closed eyes using
screenshots). I discovered this effect when editing my videos and relating my quality of sleep to what I see in raw video files.
Since for many years, our students were asking me about
my health, here are practical results that relate to about 20 years of
chronic sleep deprivation. I was not continuously deprived of sleep, but
possibly about 20-30% of time at lest, or even up 50% of total time. That is about 10 years of sleep deprivation in total.
Chronic sleep deprivation relates to sleep pattern disturbance
Many years ago, I read somewhere online that studies discovered that
severe or extreme sleep deprivation made animals lose their appetite by
diminishing hunger that they experienced. As a result, extreme sleep
deprivation, in some weeks, made animals completely exhausted (both
physically and mentally) leading to their gradual death. It is likely that having low thyroxin is one of the hormonal effects of chronic sleep deprivation.
Another scientific study, I heard of in the late 1990s, reported that it is
possible to prevent humans from having deep stages of sleep by
generating single loud snaps every 5-10 minutes. Such snaps would not
wake up the person, but would make his brain to change its state from
stage 2 sleep to stage 1 (the most shallow stage of sleep) disturbing normal sleep cycles. As a
result, this electronic technique prevents going into deeper stages since each
stage lasts about 10 minutes. Once the person in Stage 2, a snap makes
him go to Stage 1.
The expected effects are similar to effects and states experienced
people with sleep apnea who can have apneic episodes every few minutes
and, thus, also experience deficiency related to a lack of deeper
stages of sleep. Deep stages of sleep, on the other hand, are crucial
for mental and physiological recovery related to better relaxation of
muscles and mind. In nursing, they call it "sleep pattern disturbance".
With years of sleep deprivation, I also noticed that after normal or
good nights, I would have a desire to flex and stretch muscles,
especially the arms and upper body parts including shoulders and upper
body trunk. But on those nights when I was deprived of sleep, this
desire to stretch muscles completely disappeared.
In terms of effects of breathing, sleep deprivation or sleep pattern disturbance keeps the CP at
about 20 seconds provided that the person takes care about other
lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, etc..
Such snaps for sleep deprivation can be produced by minuscule devices
that react to impulses of the EMF field generated from outside. Thus,
these snaps are controlled electronically. Of course, people who use
this technique also have secret cameras to watch exactly the state of
the person. When CSIS agents started using snaps in 1996, snaps were
produced 24/7 in the places where I lived (in Ottawa, Toronto,
Edmonton, and other cities). I described these events (when snaps were
present for weeks, but upon arrival of police officers, my room would
become as quiet as it could be on a cemetery).
My understanding is that extreme sleep deprivation was one of the key
techniques that CSIS secret agents used in order to slowly kill my mother: Gradually killed by CSIS secret agents.
Important notes about secret agents and their use of sleep deprivation
When reading such information about wrong-doings of authorities, it is
a natural tendency for an uneducated human being, instead of relaxed
and sensible analysis of information, to behave exactly as apes do.
Thus, when dealing with authorities, social animals (living in groups
with leaders) can live or exist in two opposite extreme states:
absolute obedience to authority (studied in the famous Milgram experiment: Milgram experiment and KGB or as you can see in this YouTube video: Wild chimps murder their alpha male.)
Hence, a person needs to have a good self-discipline and self-control,
as well as a relaxed state of mind, in order to analyze such
information in a constructive way.
Also, during 2017, there were probably no cases of deliberate sleep
deprivation anymore, but ordinary people hear moderate accidental
(natural) noises tens of times every night, and this does not alter
their sleep stages and sleep patterns. They still get deep stages of
sleep. In my case, I know it for sure, noises at the beginning of my
night sleep move the brain into the state of
mental agitation or chronic mental
alertness, and this prevents deep stages of sleep for the rest of the
night because of years of "training". That is why and how "sleep pattern disturbance" appears.
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