Hans Van Dongen Quoted in Washington Post Article on Sleep Deprivation

Van Dongen

A new article published by the Washington Post examines the sleep schedule many of us live by—falling behind on sleep during the workweek and trying to catch up on the weekends. Turns out sleeping in on weekends and holidays helps, but it may not be enough to help with sleep deprivation.

This is a major area of study for Hans Van Dongen, PhD, professor and director of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center.

“We all live in what is our personal normal. But it isn’t our personal best,” Van Dongen told the Washington Post. “You need to resupply or you need to clean up.”

He is referring to the importance of rest and recovery—aka sleep—to keep the neural pathways in our brain performing at their best. Read more in the full article below.