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Sleep deprivation, stimulant medications, and cognition.


Sleep deprivation, stimulant medications, and cognition.

Ed. by Nancy Wesensten.

Cambridge U. Press


274 pages




Specialists in sleep from such perspectives as neurology and psychology, many of them with military connections, review, synthesize, and analyze the vast literature on stimulant compounds--mostly caffeine and modafinil--and cognitive performance. The focus is on the utility of these agents for restoring and maintaining cognitive performance and alertness in sleep-deprived but otherwise normal, healthy people. Among their topics are the neurochemistry of wakefulness and sleep, evidence from the laboratory for the utility of caffeine, stimulants in models of shift work and shift work disorder, cognitive enhancers versus stimulants, light exposure for improving cognition during sleep loss and circadian misalignment, and the use of stimulants in operational settings.

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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