New Sleep Study

September 9, 2021
New Sleep Study

What the study showed is that there are things like memory and mental processing speed that will not be restored that quickly.

Sleep Specialist & assistant professor Dr. Raj Dasgupta, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, on a new sleep study.
  • Dr. Dasgupta was not involved in the study, which shows recovery times for sleep deprivation take longer than a week.
  • The study was small – following 13 people in their 20s and depriving them of adequate sleep for 10 days (sleep times were reduced by 30%).
  • After allowing them a week to "make up" sleep and return to their regular schedule, although reaction times recovered to baseline levels – cognitive tests showed otherwise.
  • Interesting to note – From CNN: It may have been a small study, but it echoes results from prior research. A lab-based sleep study found that people who were sleeping fewer than six hours a night for two weeks — and who thought they were doing just fine — functioned as badly on cognitive and reflex tests as people who were deprived of any sleep for two full nights.

Why It Matters: Albeit small, this study reflects why not getting enough sleep for a period of time can impact your life.

Here's a link to the study and a write-up.

by Jenna Lee,

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