Adolescents can adopt a split-sleep schedule with minimal effect on basic cognitive functions provided the total amount of sleep across a 24-hour period is ~8 hours.
Why this matters
Nocturnal sleep curtailment in adolescence and its impact on cognitive function is an area of growing interest in sleep medicine, particularly relating to school performance and mood.
Preliminary studies show that split sleep may be beneficial; however, the impact of different sleep patterns on behavioral and cognitive domains is not well understood.
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