The above headline was published by the Harvard Business Review.
Do you believe that’s true? Think about it:
If you were to starve yourself for a week, you’d probably be extremely hungry and weak by the end of it. But, on the whole, you’d be fine. If you were to deprive yourself of sleep for a week, you would be completely unable to function.
Considering this, the article asks a pretty basic question. “Why is sleep one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity. Insufficient sleep deeply impairs our ability to consolidate and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it wreaks havoc on our memory.”
Sleep is SO, SO important, for both our mental and physical health.
Case in point:
As unrealistic as it may seem, this was a headline published by CNN on April 29th, 2019:
“More than 300 workers dead after Indonesian election…More than 300 Indonesian election workers have died, many of which from fatigue-related illnesses, after the world’s third biggest democracy hit the polls earlier this month.”
Crazy, right? But maybe not.
According to VeryWellHealth.com, “It is known that insufficient sleep may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Research has shown that if you sleep less than five hours per night, you are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack. In addition, women who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to suffer the same fate.”
It’s extremely important to make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard. Although it may seem tempting to think you can survive on coffee when you stay up extremely late to finish a project, sleep deprivation places a tremendous strain on your nervous system, body and overall health. If you’re not sleeping well or aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to talk to your doctor and find a solution.
Some things are too important to mess with. Sleep is definitely one of them.
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