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Sleep Disorders

03 November 2010

Extroverts often sleep deprived

Extroverts are more vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation after they've had lots of social activity than after they've been alone, researchers have found.

Extroverts are more vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation after they've had lots of social activity than after they've been alone, researchers have found.

The introverts in both groups showed no differences in vulnerability to subsequent sleep deprivation. But the extroverts in the social activity group were more likely to experience sleep problems than those in the social isolation group, according to lead author Tracy L. Rupp, a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md.

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