Lack of sleep impacts blood test results

By WEEK Producer

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

The time of day and how much sleep you got the night before could have an impact on blood test results.

Researchers in the UK put healthy male volunteers in a controlled environment and measured levels of certain metabolites every two hours.

One day they were well-rested, the next day they were sleep deprived.

They found metabolic processes were significantly different after the participants had a poor night's sleep. They say this could have an impact on test results and the effectiveness of certain medications.

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