Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Number 10 of 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss:
“Studies show that over time, people who are getting six hours of sleep, instead of seven or eight, begin to feel that they’ve adapted to that sleep deprivation -- they’ve gotten used to it,” Gehrman says. “But if you look at how they actually do on tests of mental alertness and performance, they continue to go downhill. So there’s a point in sleep deprivation when we lose touch with how impaired we are.”
The first and last sentences of the quote really got to me! (Actually, I have to say the entire quote is a wake up moment for me.) I had not thought of getting less than seven hours a night as sleep deprivation. I can totally identify with convincing myself (deceiving myself?) that over time I have adapted to getting by on less. Of course I understand there are health benefits of getting more and better sleep, but I have no idea how to even start!
Check out the entire article if you have a chance; some of the other effects may surprise you also.