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Insomnia Does Not Hurt Performance at Work

September 22, 2013
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A bad night’s sleep is still a bad night’s sleep. New sleep research shows insomnia takes its toll at night and at work the next day. People have a hard time focusing and performing memory skills. They are tired and distracted.

Here is the news. While it is not fun to have trouble sleeping, it should not hurt you on the job or in the classroom. Even though it is harder, insomniacs are still able to get through the fog and perform as well as people who regularly get a good night’s sleep!

The work is harder to do when you have not slept enough. An expert said, “They are doing the task just fine, but their sense is sort of like they are running through mud.”

The subjects with insomnia had primary insomnia. This means their problems with sleep are not the fault of a health condition such as sleep apnea.

Researchers are trying to find the causes of insomnia. They have done many experiments focused on brain waves. They think they might find new ways to treat insomnia.

About 15 percent of adults suffer from insomnia. Most of them are middle-aged and older, people with medical or mental health problems, and women.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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