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A New Challenge to Widely Held Views on the Role of Sleep

Francesco P. Cappuccio, MD, DSc; and Michelle A. Miller, PhD
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From University of Warwick, Coventry CV2 2DX, United Kingdom.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-2146.

Requests for Single Reprints: Francesco P. Cappuccio, MD, DSc, University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Campus, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, United Kingdom; e-mail, f.p.cappuccio@warwick.ac.uk.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Cappuccio and Miller: University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Campus, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX, United Kingdom.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(8):593-594. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-8-201210160-00016
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In this issue, Broussard and colleagues show that cellular insulin sensitivity was reduced in adipocytes from subcutaneous fat samples collected after 4 nights of sleep restriction compared with 4 nights of normal sleep. This editorial discusses how the study's findings challenge traditional views that the purpose of sleep is confined to its restorative effects on the central nervous system.

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