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Less Than Six Hours Of Sleep Per Night Is Not Enough, Study Finds

Lack of nighttime shuteye can lead to chronic sleep debt and poor performance at school and work, studies have shown.
Lack of nighttime shuteye can lead to chronic sleep debt and poor performance at school and work, studies have shown. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- We’ve all heard of student loan debts, but are there ways to repay ourselves if we come up short on sleep?

According to a recent article in The New York Times, studies have shown that trying to get some extra shuteye over the weekend does not always make up for the restless nights we suffered through during the work week.

The Times, citing research by Dr. Matt T. Bianchi, sleep medicine expert at Massachusetts General Hospital, said research found that snoozing just four hours a night can lead to attention, learning and memory deficits. And that can lead to a shortfall of 20 hours over a five-day period, the newspaper reported.

On the other hand, other studies have shown that a 20-minute catnap can equal an hour of nighttime sleep, the Times reported.

To read the Times article, click here .

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