Sleep Deprivation Hard to Shift

Wednesday 4th August 2010

Getting a good night's sleep could be more important than ever - after researchers have shown that catching up on lost sleep can be difficult to do. A new report published in the
journal SLEEP suggests that whilst having a long lie at the weekend could off-set late nights or early starts it will not properly relieve chronic sleep deprivation.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that people who were sleep deprived seemed to accrue a 'sleep debt' that could only be cleared after multiple long-lies or early nights - not just one long, catch-up sleep session.

Experts explain that severe sleep deprivation can cause fatigue, lapses in attention and slower reaction times that can only be remedied by extending daily sleep length by an hour or two.

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