The Dangers Of Not Getting Enough Sleep

the benefits of sleepI’m writing to you from my bedroom – in a feverish state.

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 sleep-article-imageshowed 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!

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Written by Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
  • France Forever 24/7

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Julie Kelley-Bushey

    feel better soon 🙂

  • Ana Santos

    Hey Karen,

    Thanks for that email. I just so happened to sprain my ankle on monday afternoon. I was more upset at the fact that I could not work, (i am self employed), than my foot injury. I just read what you said

    “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.”

    and you and your family are completely correct. Since I babysit I try to schedule as many appointments in a day that I can to make a lot of money including working sunday mornings. As I read into what you said, it seems that I was burning myself out without even noticing it, working 6 days a week. I need to focus on putting my life on a schedule that includes proper rest and exercise. I will start working on it today.

    Thanks for this article! =)

  • Undoubtedly indescribably fandamtastic! I’ve been suffering sleep deprivation much of the past 6 weeks due to long work hours, night shift, the death of my dad out of state, and a full load of parental duties. Then just when things are looking like their returning to normal work extends the schedule and two separate but completely awesome opportunities land right in my lap. Too bad napping at work is a no-no around here, there’s certainly enough free time to drop in a half hour siesta. So I suppose I shall remain rest-less for a couple more weeks. Thanks for the post, I know I need to slow down at some point, but right now it’s going to have to wait til I die, then I’ll get all the sleep I need and want.