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Sleep Disorders

14 July 2011

Power naps at work may be good

Studies have shown that short "power naps" have a rejuvenating effect, improving reaction time and critical thinking for people impaired by drowsiness.

Studies have shown that short "power naps" have a rejuvenating effect, improving reaction time and critical thinking for people impaired by drowsiness, said Dr Alon Avidan, associate professor of neurology and associate director of the sleep disorders programme at the University of California, Los Angeles.

However, Avidan said that an extra hour does not address the core problem. Air traffic controllers, like others working late shifts, are fighting against a number of biological factors that encourage their bodies to sleep - factors that only grow stronger as they remain awake.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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