Sleep loss affects vigilance: effects of chronic insomnia and sleep therapy.

  title={Sleep loss affects vigilance: effects of chronic insomnia and sleep therapy.},
  author={Ellemarije Altena and Ysbrand D. van der Werf and Rob L. M. Strijers and Eus J. W. Van Someren},
  journal={Journal of sleep research},
  volume={17 3},
Although complaints of impaired daytime functioning are essential to the diagnosis of primary insomnia, objective evidence for cognitive dysfunction has been hard to establish. A prerequisite for understanding the neurocognitive consequences of primary insomnia is to establish task paradigms that robustly differentiate insomniacs from well-sleeping subjects. We hypothesized that the decline in performance that typically occurs with an increasing cognitive demand would provide a more sensitive… CONTINUE READING


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