Like anything else (maybe work), sleep is most valuable when we’re deprived of it. Approximately 30 to 40% of adults experience sleep difficulties, while another 15 to 20% have chronic sleep deprivation.
The statistics demonstrate that while there are certain unavoidable conditions that limit our sleep, we typically underestimate the numerous advantages of a good night’s sleep, including our job opportunities. This more troublingly appears to be an actual lack of knowledge concerning the harmful effect of not getting enough sleep on our physical and mental well-being.
It is apparent from this that a large number of us, along with our classmates, coworkers, and friends, still take satisfaction in depriving ourselves of sleep in order to increase productivity (as if it makes us all superstars).
But when we select work above sleep, what we are actually doing is making a choice to have more quantity over quality. Taking use of the nightly rest opportunities afforded by a good night’s rest (more attention, heightened alertness, greater endurance, and a more positive attitude and mentality) may help you become the greatest version of yourself at work, in school, and at home.
Your brain does not function optimally without enough sleep
Let’s start by first describing what is truly going on in your brain while you’re sleeping. Multiple studies have proven that although the rest of your body is on standby, your brain is always working. Your smartphone is a little version of your brain. However, it does not mean that it is inactive during the night.
At night, your brain’s major job is to sweep away poisons called “mental wastage” that accumulates between your neurons throughout the day, resulting in both short- and long-term cognitive impairment.
To enable essential learning and memory processes as well as keep your mood, emotions, and sexual urge in check, you must do away with this wasted material. Alternatively, one might say that sleeping is like refilling a petrol tank. Wondering if there is any truth to the widely held belief that sleeping less in order to work more would somehow lead to greater productivity is like wondering if one should ever put one’s foot on the accelerator pedal if one wants to reach their destination quickly. Seems illogical to me.
Now, let’s dive into 3 things that happen to your mind, body, and work when you don’t get enough sleep.
When you’re sleep-deprived, your body, mind, and career suffer
When you can’t remember how to perform basic tasks, you’re lost. While sleeping just six hours a night can seriously affect the functioning of your hippocampus, the part of the brain which is crucial to memory and learning, an episode of just one night of sleep deprivation can do the same.
Inadequate sleep makes you more likely to forget things, have trouble concentrating, and lose track of numbers. The above issues will influence your job performance in a major way unless you are doing work that is normal or repeated.
You have a poor long-term memory
As stated previously, adequate sleep allows your brain to clear out metabolic waste, which can lead to the accumulation of proteins and plaque between your brain cells. Both short-term and long-term inadequate sleep have been linked to lower IQ and Alzheimer’s disease.
More aggressive and anxious emotions
Researchers have discovered that poor sleep not only causes emotional instability but also stimulates a chemical response in the brain that is required for mood and emotional control. Melatonin is the major brain hormone that contributes to this response. As you get drowsy at night, your body produces more melatonin to help you sleep, and less melatonin to help you wake up. People who are around you will notice whether you are moody, unpleasant, or irritated because your brain’s amygdala is being affected by melatonin.
Fear and worry may also appear in your dreams while you’re asleep. Due to this, when you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to feel irritated and angry, and as a result, you may find yourself stuck in a vicious loop that starts with having terrible dreams, which then causes you to not get enough sleep. So saying, being a nice and compassionate coworker, business partner, or friend really benefits from getting enough sleep.