sleep debt | definition

  • result of insufficient sleep on a chronic basis
  • symptoms: sleepiness, too much yawning, easily irritated, daytime fatigue


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Research Article: Sleep Debt Elicits Negative Emotional Reaction through Diminished Amygdala-Anterior Cingulate Functional Connectivity

Date Published: February 13, 2013 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Yuki Motomura, Shingo Kitamura, Kentaro Oba, Yuri Terasawa, Minori Enomoto, Yasuko Katayose, Akiko Hida, Yoshiya Moriguchi, Shigekazu Higuchi, Kazuo Mishima, Namni Goel. Abstract: Sleep debt reportedly increases emotional instability, such as anxiety and confusion, in addition to sleepiness and psychomotor impairment. However, the neural … Continue reading

Research Article: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Debt and Daytime Sleepiness Are Independently Associated with Road Accidents. A Cross-Sectional Study on Truck Drivers

Date Published: November 30, 2016 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Sergio Garbarino, Paolo Durando, Ottavia Guglielmi, Guglielmo Dini, Francesca Bersi, Stefania Fornarino, Alessandra Toletone, Carlo Chiorri, Nicola Magnavita, Andrea Romigi. Abstract: Recent research has found evidence of an association between motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) or near miss accidents (NMAs), and excessive daytime sleepiness … Continue reading

Research Article: Clocking in Pillow Time without the Pillow

Date Published: September 23, 2005 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): unknown Abstract: None Partial Text: If you snooze, you lose those uncomely grayish-brown crescents below your eyes. If you don’t snooze, you lose a lot more. The body can’t fight off infection, the muscles can’t regenerate as quickly, the mind can’t learn new words, … Continue reading

Research Article: Total Sleep Time Severely Drops during Adolescence

Date Published: October 17, 2012 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Damien Leger, François Beck, Jean-Baptiste Richard, Emmanuelle Godeau, Namni Goel. Abstract: Restricted sleep duration among young adults and adolescents has been shown to increase the risk of morbidities such as obesity, diabetes or accidents. However there are few epidemiological studies on normal total sleep … Continue reading

Research Article: Effects of Partial and Acute Total Sleep Deprivation on Performance across Cognitive Domains, Individuals and Circadian Phase

Date Published: September 24, 2012 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): June C. Lo, John A. Groeger, Nayantara Santhi, Emma L. Arbon, Alpar S. Lazar, Sibah Hasan, Malcolm von Schantz, Simon N. Archer, Derk-Jan Dijk, Shin Yamazaki. Abstract: Cognitive performance deteriorates during extended wakefulness and circadian phase misalignment, and some individuals are more affected than … Continue reading