Sleep Patterns Affect Focus

Find out how your sleeping habits affect your focus—more than 10 hours after waking.

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Are you up with the sun, or do prefer to burn the midnight oil? While most people naturally fall into one of these two general camps, recent research reveals that your sleep cycle may impact more than just what time your alarm clock goes off. According to Science journal, while early birds may save money on their dinner, their concentration supply tends to be spent long before that of night owls. Scientists tested participants’ attention span 1.5 hours and 10.5 hours after waking; while they observed similar focus levels early on, night owls proved significantly more alert later in the day. Whether sleep patterns affect learning and memory, however, has yet to be determined.

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