Vulnerability from sleep restriction and circadian misalignment

Takeaway

  • During a combination of sleep restriction and circadian misalignment, there was variation in individual vulnerability across tasks and within different metrics, as well as a demonstrated vulnerability in higher order cognition and maintenance of wakefulness.

Why this matters

  • Night shift workers who sleep less than the recommended seven hours but perform safety critical tasks, may develop consistent vulnerability of higher-order cognition and maintenance of wakefulness requiring significant development of precision countermeasure strategies.