Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Do NOT perform brain surgery after sleepless night and a cup of coffee … especially if you are not a brain surgeon

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, scientists found caffeinated sleep-deprived individuals make as many mistakes performing a complex task as people who are sleep deprived but non-caffeinated. The complex task was meant to simulate real-world scenarios in which people need to make many decisions in a certain order, such as performing surgery, flying an airplane, or operating heavy machinery. Kimberly Fenn, an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University, told CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald that while caffeine helped with an attention task, it did nothing to help those who were sleep-deprived in the more complex procedural task. She said it is important that people remember caffeine is not a replacement for a good night’s sleep.

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