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1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

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A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability.

The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.

Researchers found that an interrupted night of sleep is similar to getting only four hours of consistent sleep.

Doctors studied the sleep patterns of students using wristwatches that monitored when they were asleep or awake.

Students slept a full eight-hours one night followed by a night of interrupted sleep in which they received four phone calls directing them to complete a brief computer exercise before returning to bed.

The morning after both nights, the volunteers completed tasks to measure their attention span and emotional state.

Those who had interrupted sleep had a tough time completing those tasks.

Doctors say they want this study to inspire people to get enough sleep.

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