The effect of total sleep deprivation on cognitive functions in normal adult male subjects.

The International journal of neuroscience

PubMedID: 11699337

Kim DJ, Lee HP, Kim MS, Park YJ, Go HJ, Kim KS, Lee SP, Chae JH, Lee CT. The effect of total sleep deprivation on cognitive functions in normal adult male subjects. Int J Neurosci. 2001;109(1-2):127-37.
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of acute sleep deprivation on cognitive functions. A total of 18 healthy right handed males were deprived of sleep for 24 hours. Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery and calculation & digit-span subtest of K-WAIS were administered before and after sleep deprivation in order to examine the changes of cognitive functions. There were no differences in freedom from distractibility, tacile function, visual function, reading, writing, arithmetic and intellectual process function. However, the cognitive functions such as motor, rhythm, receptive & expressive speech, memory and complex verbal arithmetic function were decreased after sleep deprivation. All of these functions are known to be related to the right anterior hemisphere. For localization scales, the scores of right frontal and right temporal dysfunction scale were increased after sleep deprivation. These results indicate that sleep deprivation has a negative effect on cognitive functions, especially those associated with right anterior hemisphere or subcortical areas.