Regular Exercise Helps Maintain Cognitive Function During Sleep Deprivation – MD Magazine

Dr. Fabien Sauvet
Dr. Fabien Sauvet

While the impact between sleep and cognitive function is obvious, exercise training programs could help improve function for those deprived of sleep.A team, led by Dr. Fabien Sauvet, University of Paris, investigated the effects of 7 weeks of moderate and high-intensity interval exercise training on vigilance and sustained attention, inhibition processes and working memory during 40 hours of total sleep deprivation.

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Exercise training is known to improve learning and memory and protect against the negative impact of sleep deprivation.

In the study, 16 subjects were evaluated at baseline, during the total sleep deprivation, and the day after a night of recovery sleep. The polysomnographic variables comprised of 6 electroencephalograms, 2 electrocardiograms, 2 electrooculograms, and 2 electromyogram derivations.

Each participants was prohibited from exercise, caffeine, tobacco , alcohol, and other psychoactive substances for the duration of the study, as well as 24 hours prior to beginning the study. Meals and caloric intake were also standardized for all subjects.

The exercise training program included 3 training sessions per week over a seven-week training period on an ergocycle.

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