The Simplest Way to Drastically Improve Your Life: More Sleep
Some 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.
Edited from an article by Tim Herrera NY Times