The Simplest Way to Drastically Improve Your Life: More Sleep - The New York Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called sleep deprivation a public health crisis, saying that one-third of adults don’t get enough sleep. Some 80 percent of people report sleep problems at least once per week, and according to a 2016 study, sleep deprivation “causes more than $400 billion in economic losses annually in the United States and results in 1.23 million lost days of work each year.”
If that’s not enough, here is a non-comprehensive list of the ways your sleep deprivation is personally harming you:
Your overall cognitive performance — particularly your visual attention and ability to form memories — deteriorates. (More colloquially, this is that “brain fog” we all experience after a late night.)
Your ability to learn new information is impaired, both by sleep deprivation before you learn new information and afterward.
You’re less likely to correctly read facial expressions, even interpreting some expressions — even neutral ones — as threatening.
You’re likely to be more cranky and react worse when presented with obstacles.
Beyond your severely impaired mental abilities, your body is affected, too: A lack of adequate sleep can contribute to weight gain, puts you at a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, and makes you far less resistant to the common cold.
That is insane! All of this from just not getting enough sleep!
So what are we to do?
First, learn how much sleep you need. Generally, if you’re waking up tired, you’re not getting enough.