Yawning and exhausted from another night of little sleep? Congratulations, you have joined the multitude of people around the globe who suffer from sleep deprivation, a serious problem that can affect your mental and physical health.
Sleep problems constitute a “global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population,” according to World Sleep Day statistics.
But it’s easy to recover from that sleep deficit, right, especially if you’re young? A good night’s sleep or two – and certainly a full week of sleep – and you’re back to your fully functioning self?
Unfortunately, a recent new study revealed that may not be the case, even for younger people. Thirteen people in their 20s who slept 30% less than they needed for 10 nights had not fully recovered most of their cognitive processing after seven nights of unrestricted sleep to recover.
“This is a well done, albeit small, study with multiple measures to examine the impact of partial sleep deprivation – mainly examining sleep duration using wrist actigraphy, EEG changes and cognitive performance,” said Dr. Bhanu Prakash Kolla, a sleep medicine specialist in the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the study.
“Reaction times improved over seven days and returned to basel