No Sleep = Bad Decisions

Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself in the Montreal Gazette.  Here’s the link:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Sleep+deprivation+sets+people+risky+decision+making/4406017/story.html

“Sleep deprivation just isn’t a good idea for most people.  Besides the increase in accidents and poor work and school performance due to the fatigue, a new study shows sleep loss can also lead to skewed thinking and bad decisions.”   AFP ©

What are you will to sacrifice today in your personal life and your professional life because you stayed up late and didn’t not get the required amount of sleep so that your body could repair, infuse your blood with chemicals that help you make decisions, fight off germs, keep your mood happy, help you eat less and not to reeve up your cortisol and make you gain weight, think clearly etc, etc.?

Everything is a choice.  Everything is a decision that directly impacts your health, your energy, your ability to solve problems, handle stress, infections, digestion, everything.

Did you hear me say EVERYTHING! ?

Do you get it yet?

The study which is mentioned in the link above comes from the Journal of Neuroscience.  If you just “Goggle” “Sleep deprivation” or Journal of Neuroscience you will find thousands and thousands of hits where you can really inform yourself about this problem.

If you are a person who has been struggling with sleep deprivation for more than 5 years like myself (11+ years) you and I are experts at knowing what the results are if we do not get enough sleep.

You and I know that our reflexes slow, we are slow to process, we hear about half of what a very fast talker is saying, we are slow to keep up with the conversation and our decisions seem fuzzy and bigger than they really are.  All of this due to lack of sleep.

As women we get 5% less sleep than the average man.

What is the right amount of sleep for a person?

Can we make it up if we are sleep deprived for years?

Infants need 16 hours a day.

Teenagers need 9 hours a night.

Adults need 7 to 8 hours a night.

There can be a large sway here of from as little as 5 up to as much as 10 hours of sleep.

Most people experience a “dip” in the late afternoon and this is where the “afternoon nap or siesta” come into play.

These statistics come from sleepdex.org

How much sleep did you get last night?

How many important decisions do you need to make today?

Think about it.

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