Insomnia deprives us of pleasant emotions and makes us impulsive

Insomnia deprives us of pleasant emotions and makes us impulsive

Insomnia deprives us of pleasant emotions and makes us impulsive.

Even a slight lack of sleep can significantly affect a person's emotional state, according to Medical News Today, citing a Norwegian study.

Its authors from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology conducted a study with 52 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 35 years. For 11 days, their sleep patterns were controlled by scientists.

During the week, the volunteers slept as usual. In the last three days, however, they went to bed 2 hours later than usual, continuing to get up in their standard time. In the morning, study participants were subjected to tests for attention and emotional state. Prior to testing, volunteers were not allowed to consume caffeinated beverages.

The researchers found that in the morning after three nights with a shorter duration of sleep, the reaction time of the participants decreased, which indicates an increase in impulsivity. During the three days after not getting enough sleep, the volunteers made more and more mistakes. At the same time, there was a decrease in the indicators of pleasant sensations - the participants experienced less positive emotions.

In general, lack of sleep can affect a person's emotional well-being. Cognitive and emotional problems increase the risk of accidents. If people are deprived of sleep for a long time, their ability to cope with stress and negative life events deteriorates, scientists note.

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