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Sleep Disorders

09 March 2011

Sleep deprivation encourages risky decisions

Sleep deprivation may lead to overly optimistic thinking that fails to properly consider the potential consequences of financial risks, a new study suggests.

Sleep deprivation may lead to overly optimistic thinking that fails to properly consider the potential consequences of financial risks, a new study suggests.

It's long been known that sleep deprivation can alter decision-making skills and impair certain thinking abilities such as attention and memory, but this study focused on the way in which lack of sleep may also impact financial decision-making, the study authors noted.

 

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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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