Neuroscience Bulletin

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 45–48 | Cite as

Effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive functions

  • Na Zhang (张娜)Email author
  • Hong-Tao Liu (刘洪涛)


Sleep deprivation (SD) is a common condition that afflicts many people in modern life. Deficits in daytime performance due to SD are experienced universally. Recent evidence indicates that SD causes impairments in cognitive functions. However, the mechanisms that SD impairs cognitive functions are not clear. This review will focus on the behavioral and neural effects of SD with the aim to elucidate the possible mechanisms of SD-induced deterioration in cognitive functions and to identify directions for future research.


sleep deprivation cognitive function mechanism 



现代社会, 睡眠剥夺(sleep deprivation, SD)是一种常见现象, 困扰着很多人, 引起人的日间工作能力降低。 近年来的研究结果显示, SD 可以使认知功能受损, 但是其损害机制尚不清楚。 本综述将重点阐述 SD 对行为和中枢系统的影响, 进而阐明 SD 引起认知功能受损的可能机制, 并且展望未来的研究方向。


睡眠剥夺 认知功能 机制 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Health and Environmental MedicineAcademy of Military medical sciencesTianjinChina

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