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TIL "Since chronic restriction of sleep to 6 h or less per night produced cognitive performance deficits equivalent to up to 2 nights of total sleep deprivation, it appears that even relatively moderate sleep restriction can seriously impair waking neurobehavioral functions in healthy adults."

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/126834

"Sleepiness ratings suggest that subjects were largely unaware of these increasing cognitive deficits, which may explain why the impact of chronic sleep restriction on waking cognitive functions is often assumed to be benign."

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@cypnk "This suggests that sleep debt is perhaps best understood as resulting in additional wakefulness that has a neurobiological "cost" which accumulates over time."

So it's not only bad because you sleep too little, but also because you're too much awake?!

@zatnosk Pretty much. You’re not wired to deal with modern attention filled lifestyles with the same waking hours of dodging sabertooth tigers

@cypnk 8 hours for work, 2 or so for commuting to work, and perhaps working on the commute itself, some time at home to answer emails etc…

okay, now where do we fit these "8 hours for sleep, and 8 hours for what we will"?

@cypnk uh-oh! i forgot the mandatory, unpaid, half-hour lunch-break at work!

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Oh gosh i read this once but misremembered it as one night's sleep depriv

(And ya this has been me the past couple weeks; not fun.)

@certifiedperson Even though you can’t really “catch up” to sleep, it’s super important to get as much sleep as you can. Forget “productivity”, we all need it to function

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