We all know we can’t survive without food and water. But for some people, the ability to get by on just a few hours of sleep is a point of pride. It shouldn’t be. Not getting enough sleep is downright dangerous. It has a powerful, negative impact on your job performance, brain function, appearance, health, and longevity.
That’s why sleep deprivation has been used as a method of torture. It is used as an interrogation technique because it:
In actuality, sleep deprivation is similar to being outright intoxicated. Studies have shown that
sleep deprivation delays your body’s ability to send signals, decreasing your coordination and increasing your risk for accidents. After just two hours of sleep deprivation, study participants performed at the same levels as they would if they were drunk.
While you wouldn’t show up to work or drive around town drunk every day, by depriving your body of the restful sleep it needs, you may be putting yourself, and others, at risk.
If that’s not enough to convince you to increase the quantity and quality of your sleep, consider the upside:
Advice on how to get more sleep is plentiful, but really, it’s about making sleep a priority. Studies show that people who go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day tend to get the highest quality sleep. Try it for a week and feel the difference. It may become a wonderfully healthy habit.