1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at a - KMSP-TV

1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

Posted: Updated:

A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability.

The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.

Researchers found that an interrupted night of sleep is similar to getting only four hours of consistent sleep.

Doctors studied the sleep patterns of students using wristwatches that monitored when they were asleep or awake.

Students slept a full eight-hours one night followed by a night of interrupted sleep in which they received four phone calls directing them to complete a brief computer exercise before returning to bed.

The morning after both nights, the volunteers completed tasks to measure their attention span and emotional state.

Those who had interrupted sleep had a tough time completing those tasks.

Doctors say they want this study to inspire people to get enough sleep.

  • Latest health newsMore>>

  • New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:52:09 GMT
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
  • 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:42:56 GMT
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
  • American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:46:52 GMT
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices