Sleep Deprivation! A Narcissists favorite tactic of manipulation.


Did you know that some abusers punish their partner for falling asleep, they then punish them for making mistakes when exhausted!


Sleep deprivation is a particularly sinister and deceptive abuse tactic because sleep is vital to our survival, just like food and water.


Here are some examples of how an abuser will keep their partner awake:

  • Baiting you closer to bedtime to get you worked up

  • Needing "help" with something, just as you are going to bed.

  • Loud crashing, banging, stomping or music

  • Looking for something they have “lost”

  • Turning lights on and off

  • Not allowing you to go to bed

  • Punishing you for sleeping

  • Starting circular arguments at a late hour

  • Waking you up in the middle of the night demanding sex

  • Prodding and poking you to stop you from sleeping, until you have agreed to their demands

Being deprived of sleep can have dangerous emotional and physical effects, including adrenal fatigue, depression and anxiety, feeling run down, being accident prone, forgetfulness, impaired judgement and even heart disease.


According to Healthline, long-term effects of sleep deprivation can include:

  • Trouble thinking and concentrating, including problem-solving

  • Memory issues, such an inability to remember new information

  • Weakened immune system that can result in you getting sick more often

  • An increased risk for high blood pressure

  • An increased risk for accidents

  • Weight gain—the chemicals that tell your brain you’re full are compromised, resulting in an inclination to overeat

  • Poor balance and coordination

  • Increased risk of heart disease

Sleep deprivation is also inflicted during the ‘love bombing’ phase. Their constant communication by text and calls from first thing in the morning, throughout the day, all evening and late into the night are designed to condition you into accepting this negative behavior.


Narcissists use sleep deprivation to control you, it’s all part of the manipulation, gaslighting and mind-games which are part of an abusive relationship.


When you are sleep deprived your brain pattern alters and you enter a “FOG” like state. Reasoning and clarity of thought is diminished. That is where they do their damage. It is a form of torture that is used to break you.


This is not you feeling crazy or out of control for no reason, they do this on purpose. Did you know that the U.S.S.R (the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) which broke up in 1992 into Russia, had a torture technique that left no marks, it was called "The Conveyor". This technique disrupted a person’s sleep, and this disruption was kept up until they cracked. The longest anyone lasted was 31 days.


Have you experienced this? I know I did. If you recognise that this is what your partner is doing and you need help identifying the other tactics of a narcissist, why don’t you book in for a FREE discovery call with me, click here to schedule your call.

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