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- n. The condition of forcibly (by someone else, or by a sleep disorder) being kept awake, to the point of noticeably lower alertness. A dangerous amount of sleep deprivation can cause fatal vehicular accidents.
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- n. a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
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Those techniques included confinement in a small box, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days, and waterboarding; one or more of these were later used on a total of twenty-eight detainees in American custody.