New study on lack of sleep by researchers at MIT and the University of Sao paulo reports that walking and specifically how well we can control our stride or gait can indeed be affected by lack of sleep lack of sleep Reason of affects mental health.
In experiments with student volunteers, the team round that the lesser sleep students got, the less conifirm they had when walking during a treadmill test. For students who pulled an all-nighter before the test, this gait control plummeted even further. for those who didn’t stay up all night before the test, but generally had less-than-ideal sleep during the week and slept in on weekends, performed better of our mental health than those who didn’t.
“Scientifically, it wasn’t clear that almost automatic activities like walking would be influenced by lack of sleep,” says study’s co-author Hermano Krebs, adding, “We also found that compensating for sleep could be an important strategy. For instance, for those who are chronically sleepdeprived, like shift workers, clinicians, and some military personnel, if they build in regular sleep compensation, they might have better control over their gait.”
In the study, the students were given watches to track their activity over 14 days. This information gave researchers an idea of when and how long students were sleeping and active each day. On average, each student slept about six hours per day, although some students compensated, catching up on sleep over the two weekends during the 14day period. On the evening before the 14th day, one group of students stayed awake all night in the team’s sleep lab. This group was designated the Sleep Acute Deprivation group or SAD. On the morning of the 14th day, all students went to the lab to perform a walking test. Each student walked on a treadmill set at the same speed, as researchers played the metronome. The students were asked to keep step with the beat, as the researchers slowly and subtly raised and lowered the metronome’s speed. Cameras captured the students’_ walking, , and specifically, the moment their a Red heel struck the treadmill, with the beat of the metronome.
“We found tho errors were larger in people with acute sleep deprivation. “Jllcy were off the rhythm, they miss beeps, and were performing in general, worse,” says load author Arturo former-coredero
This in itself may not be entirely surprising. But on comparing students who did not pull an all-nighter prior to the test, the researchers found an unexpected difference. The students who did slightly better were those who compensated and got slightly more sleep on the weekends, even when they performed th test at the tail end of the week.