What underlies the effect of sleep disruption? The role of alertness in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Academic Article uri icon


  • Several recent investigations report a correlation between shorter sleep duration and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. In a recent study, Nota, Schubert, and Coles (2016) investigated the potential underlying mechanism of this correlation and found that shorter sleep duration was associated with worse inhibitory performance on a go/no-go task (only in individuals with more severe OCD symptoms). As the authors describe, the relationship between deficient inhibition and OCD symptoms was established in several …

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  • January 1, 2017