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It may take more than sleeping-in on the weekend to reverse the effects of a week of poor sleep, but many people who are sleep deprived fail to recognize those effects, according to research presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 49th Annual Meeting.
The effects of sleep restriction are immediately experienced by the brain after just 1 short night of 4 hours sleep, said David Dinges, PhD, professor and chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania UPenn School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
Burning the candle at both ends for just 1 workweek can result in a steady accumulation of cognitive problems that many people are not fully aware of, he told a press conference before the meeting.
To read the entire report click here: Cognitive Deficits of Sleep Deprivation Kick in Early and Linger.
Cognitive problems often result from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. New research shows the negative impact that even modest sleep deprivation can have on cognitive functioning. If you believe you have cognitive problems due to sleep deprivation or another cause, neuropsychological testing may be helpful. Additionally, we offer psychotherapy and counseling services that often can be helpful for addressing sleep problems. To learn more about neuropsychological testing or psychotherapy and counseling services in Boston or Newton, MA, please call us at 617-259-1895.
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