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A recent study suggests that engaging in 20 minutes of physical activity can enhance cognitive function following a poor night’s rest.
Scientists at Portsmouth University have discovered that cognitive abilities are enhanced after engaging in moderate exercise, regardless of the quality of sleep beforehand.
Research indicates that 40% of the global population does not obtain adequate sleep, which is crucial for promoting overall well-being.
According to Dr. Joe Costello, a professor at the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science (SHES) at the university, physical activity may counteract the negative effects on brain function caused by inadequate sleep.
According to him, previous studies have shown that physical activity can enhance or sustain our cognitive abilities, even in low-oxygen environments.
This is the initial research to indicate that it also enhances cognitive performance after experiencing both complete and partial sleep deprivation, and when coupled with low oxygen levels.
The results greatly contribute to our understanding of the connection between physical activity and stress, and emphasize the importance of exercise as a beneficial treatment for both the body and mind.
The research, which was published in Physiology and Behavior, consisted of two trials with a total of 12 participants.
One study focused on the effects of limited sleep on a person’s cognitive abilities, while another investigated the effects of both complete lack of sleep and lack of oxygen.
All participants showed an enhancement in cognitive abilities following a 20-minute cycling session.
The research indicates that physical activity could potentially enhance CP by promoting alterations in brain hormones that regulate functions, as well as psychophysiological elements such as blood flow to the brain, alertness, and drive.
This research involved a partnership among the University of Portsmouth, University of Chichester, University of Surrey, Teesside University, The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, and Sao Paulo State University in Brazil.