The Dangers Of Not Getting Enough Sleep
But alas, I don’t mean this in a frisky way.
I’m sick in bed with an actual fever.
I’m making the best of the situation. I have on my favorite silky pajamas, am watching movies on Netflix, while my family brings me snacks (animal crackers – although Ari grabs out all the lions!).
Many folks believe falling prey to sickness (and/or twisting an ankle) is the universe’s way to get you to slow down and think about your life.
The truth of the matter: I probably do need to slow down. I’ve been working round the clock on some new writing projects – and haven’t been getting enough sleep.
On a humorous note, some of the research I collected for one of my writing projects was on the dangers of sleep deprivation! In fact, I was writing about the dangers of sleep deprivation the other morning at 1 am! Yes, the universe loves to toss a little irony in our faces!
In particular I found some interesting research from Charles Czeisler, a specialist in sleep deprivation at Harvard Medical School.
Cziesler warns: “Lack of sleep can induce an impairment equivalent to having alcohol level in the blood.”
Now, this quote isn’t just some literary metaphor Cziesler is bandying about. This quote is inspired from actual findings on the blood of sleep deprived people. The research showed these sleep deprived people had lowered thinking capacities – because they were physically a little bit “drunk” due to their lack of sleep.
“We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ …yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work,” jokes Czeisler.
Yep – sleep deprivation is not only bad for the body – but bad for the mind. It lowers our ability to think clearly, problem solve, be productive – all the essentials for success.
Lately a lot of companies are recognizing that “sleeping on the job,” is a good thing! Zappos, Nike, Google and The Huffington Post now even all have “nap rooms” for their employees!
My Lesson/Your Lesson/Czeisler’s Lesson: If you want to be at your best – enjoying your dream career – you gotta make sure you spend enough time dreaming!
Bonus Reminder Lesson: Sleep is also essential to your health! I’m intuiting my lack of sleep was one of the culprits behind my getting sick! If you want to be healthy and energetic, make sure you’re getting your Vitamin Zzzzz’s!