Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation leading to tiredness and fatigue effect appearance as well as performance on psychophysical tests. The tests have not been validated in people who are tired so no correlation can be drawn with alcohol intoxication or impairment.

Sleep deprivation and the resultant impairment of cognitive performance and balance is discussed in the peer
reviewed paper “Postural control after a night without sleep” by Marco Sabbri et al, which appeared in the
peer reviewed Journal Neuopsychlogia in 2006 (Neuopsychlogia 44(206) 25-20-2525).

“Postural control is determined by an interplay of visual, proprioceptive and vestibular inputs 
which are dynamically weighed to determine body position and maintain equilibrium.” According to the paper by Sabbri, it is believed that lack of sleep results in deactivation of certain brain areas concerned with mediating attention and supervision.

Deactivation of these areas would be responsible for the loss of balance or postural control.