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Study: Interrupted Sleep May Be as Harmful as No Sleep at All

Sleep Deprivation

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  • Just one night of interrupted sleep is all it takes to make you feel more depressed, fatigued, and confused, according to new research
  • There is little difference in the negative effects of interrupted sleep (defined as four prolonged awakenings spread across eight hours in bed) compared to those of restricted sleep (spending just four hours in bed, total)
  • Night-wakings also lead to reduced vigor and motivation and increased errors on performance tests
  • Sleep occurs in phases; ideally, you should progress from slow-wave sleep back up to REM sleep in 60- to 90-minute cycles
  • Any interruptions to your sleep cycle makes your body start over, in a sense, which means you might never reach the most restorative, deeper phases of sleep

By Dr. Mercola

Sleep deprivation is a well-known risk to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. What makes sleep deprivation so detrimental is that it doesn’t just impact one aspect of your health… it impacts many.


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