Generally, are there and how long do lingering affects of polar sleep patterns affect someone? For example, assume someone slept for 2 hours one day and then slept for 14 hours the next. Their 2 day average would be 8, an unofficial heuristic for optimal sleep length. However, intuitively, I feel that their cognition would notably be different for a while because of these polarized events. Is this true? And if so, what are the basis for this, and how long do these effects last assuming someone got 8 hours a sleep religiously over the next few weeks?

By changes in their cognition (the ones I feel "intuitively"), I mean like a lower fidelity of memory, slower reaction times, but still the ability to function normally in a group setting.

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Can you catch up on sleep over the weekend? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Sep 30, 2015 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ This may also be a duplicate, but has no answers: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/10407/… $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Sep 30, 2015 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg - The question is subtly different in terms of the daily distribution of sleep. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 1, 2015 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ it seems like this is a widely-asked question with no solid answers to date. $\endgroup$
    – honi
    Oct 1, 2015 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ @honi Are there any collections recent literature with theories? $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2015 at 23:08


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