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
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