Lack of sleep ''impacts work rate''
The longer people are awake for, the less productive they become, according to a new study carried out by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in the US.
According to the research, the results of computer tests of individuals who were subject to sleep of just 5.6 hours per night were considerably poorer than those who received ten to 12 hours of rest on average over a three-week period.
Jeanne Duffy, senior author of the study and associate neuroscientist at BWH, told Medical Express: "This research provides valuable information for workers and their employers, who perform these types of visual search tasks during the night shift, because they will do it much more slowly than ... during the day."
Meanwhile, research carried out by Rush University in Chicago recently showed that people could be damaging their productivity during the working week by having lie-ins at the weekend.
The study revealed people have a lie-in could be offsetting their natural sleep-wake cycle by hours at a time each weekend, with the average person taking until Wednesday to restore their body clock to its proper timing.
Posted by Michael Ewing