Sleep Is Important

By | June 16, 2005

It is important to get a sufficient amount of sleep every night to ensure we can function properly during the day. But, I usually sleep less than seven hours a day, sometimes even less than 5. I think I have built up such a huge sleep debt it’s time to start paying back. I was so tired yesterday I slept for 12 hours. I felt rejuvenated and ready to absorb more information this morning. When I was reading my BusinessWeek on my way to work I was able to read and understand the material quicker. My brain felt like a new sponge and I could think more clearly than ever. Therefore I conclude, getting enough sleep really does help me focus better during the day.

“Sleep, like diet and exercise, is important for our minds and bodies to function normally. In fact, sleep appears to be required for survival. Rats deprived of sleep die within two to three weeks, a time frame similar to death due to starvation.”

“When we get less sleep (even one hour less) than we need each night, we develop a “sleep debt.” If the sleep debt becomes too great, it can lead to problem sleepiness – sleepiness that occurs when you should be awake and alert, that interferes with daily routine and activities, and reduces your ability to function.”

Inadequate sleep can cause decreases in:

  • Performance
  • Concentration
  • Reaction Times
  • Consolidation of Information Learning

Inadequate sleep can cause increases in:

  • Memory Lapses
  • Accidents and Injuries
  • Behavior Problems
  • Mood Problems

Source: National Institutes of Health

One thought on “Sleep Is Important

  1. Money Turtle

    I’m sleep deprived as well, I usually get only 6-7 hours of sleep. I usually put in 10 hour days at work and it just totally drains your energy… Why do I keep this up?!?

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