Sleep-deprived people can improve the way they walk if they get at least six hours of sleep each night.

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It gives new meaning to the phrase, no rest for the weary.

According to a new study, people who are sleep-deprived can actually improve the way they walk by holding a few more eyelids, because it involves more brain involvement than previously thought.

research, led by scientists at MIT and BrazilThe University of So Paulo found that people who get less than the recommended amount of sleep have trouble walking, ultimately affecting a person’s gait or gait.

Using student volunteers over a 14-day period, the researchers found that the less sleep a student got (on average, six hours a night), the less control they had when walking on a treadmill.

Sleep-deprived people can improve their walking ability by sleeping more

Researchers analyzed groups of students over 14 days and found that those who slept an average of less than six hours per night had less control over the treadmill.

Researchers analyzed groups of students over 14 days and found that those who slept an average of less than six hours per night had less control over the treadmill.

Gait control fell for students who didn't sleep at all

Gait control fell for students who didn’t sleep at all

For students who did not sleep at all, gait control fell.

However, students who got ‘less than ideal’ sleep during the week but were able to sleep on the weekends performed better than students who got extra sleep.

“Scientifically, it was not clear whether nearly automatic activities such as walking would be affected by sleep deprivation,” said Hermano Krebs, one of the study’s authors. Statement.

‘We also find that sleep replenishment may be an important strategy. For example, people who are chronically sleep-deprived, such as shift workers, physicians, and some military personnel, may have better control over their movements if they build in regular sleep compensation.’

Students who were sleepy over the weekend had better treadmill running performance

Students who were sleepy over the weekend had better treadmill running performance

Researchers previously assumed that walking was an automatic process, but this is only true for our four-legged friends, Krebs said, adding that ‘the idea was more controversial in humans.’

Instead, walking actually takes a little more brain involvement than previously thought, as researchers have identified the mechanics of people’s gait and walking in an effort to help build robots for stroke patients or others who may have disabilities. issues have been faced.

“Our results suggest that partial or complete sleep deprivation leads to decreased performance in sensorimotor control of gait,” the researchers wrote in the study.

‘The improved performance of the chronic sleep group compared to the acute group suggests that there is a compensatory mechanism that helps improve motor performance.’

Krebs, who has conducted previous studies on the subject, previously found that ‘healthy’ subjects can slightly change their gait just by looking at it without realizing they are doing it.

Researchers analyzed groups of students over 14 days and found that those who slept an average of less than six hours per night had less control over the treadmill.

Researchers analyzed groups of students over 14 days and found that those who slept an average of less than six hours per night had less control over the treadmill.

Thought to be automatic, study shows walking uses more brain involvement than previously thought

Thought to be automatic, study shows walking uses more brain involvement than previously thought

This suggests that there is some level of conscious influence.

Krebs explained, ‘This suggests that the conception of moves is simply an automated process, not the whole story. ‘A lot of influence is coming from the brain.’

Krebs and lead author Arturo Forner-Cordero analyzed students at the University of So Paulo over a period of 14 days and found that they slept an average of about six hours per night.

However, some students compensated for sleeping extra time during the two weekend period.

On the evening before the 14th day, a group remained awake all night.

When the researchers included all the groups in the lab, they were asked to walk at the same speed on a treadmill with a metronome playing in the background and the students were asked to maintain the pace, increase the speed slightly, and change Was.

“They had to synchronize their heel strike with the cadence, and we found that errors were larger in people with acute sleep deprivation,” Forner-Cordero said.

‘They were out of rhythm, they missed the beep, and were performing normally, the worse.’

‘It’s contradictory,’ Forner-Cordero said. ‘Even when most people would be fatigued, this compensation group performed better than we expected.’

Krebs said: ‘The results suggest that gait is not an automatic process, and may be affected by sleep deprivation.

‘They also suggest strategies to reduce the effects of sleep deprivation. Ideally, everyone should sleep for eight hours a night. But if we can’t, we should compensate as much as possible and regularly.’

The study was published on Tuesday in scientific report.

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