Lack of sleep: serious business? More than you think!

Y halo thar, iPower!

It may be common knowledge, but I think that if I underestimated the effects of this, a lot may not be as well-informed. I'm talking about sleep, and more specifically lack thereof. Let's just say that the effects go far beyond "just being more tired the next day".

More often than not, during that dark period I went through, I didn't sleep much. I felt that time was a scarce resource. As a result, I didn't want to go to bed. I felt like I didn't have time to do stuff I wanted to do. Does that ring a bell to some? I'm sure it does.

Thing is, sure, I stayed up... But with no will at all to do anything whatsoever. The normal motivation level someone would have would go AWOL, made me quite irritable, and unbeknownst to me, it made me fat. Yep, if you still eat normally, not sleeping makes you fat.

Net result: lots of time completely WASTED, ironically, for the sake of SAVING time.

I've noticed a difference when I started going back at the gym. I took sleeping hours very seriously as I wanted muscular tissue to repair and grow as optimally as possible, and I've noticed improvements much faster than I expected. However, during the last two days, I've been constrained to sleep only 4 hours per night.

And goddamn, do I feel like an unmotivated mess or what?

And that's when I figured it out. Not going to bed because of gaming, internets and all kinds of shit like that was one of the main cause of a plethora of issues.

When you can compare the improvements you've had by actively taking care of this versus how you feel when you can't have all the sleep you want, you see how important it is.

So those 4 hours you "wouldn't have" because you go to bed earlier will upgrade your next day's hours with motivation, positivitism and energy the next day. Much better than having 4 extra hours of fuckall at the end of your day.

As I said, sounds like common sense, but sometimes, when in a vicious circle, common sense can't be taken for granted.

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Tags: deprivation, lack, sleep, sleepless

Comment by Reese Leysen on April 26, 2011 at 5:46pm

Totally agree. Good sleep is SO friggin' important.

Comment by simon on April 26, 2011 at 5:53pm
Really good.
I have noticed since I stopped played WoW and started sleeping regularly, I've been feeling much better.
Comment by Jure Goručan on April 26, 2011 at 6:08pm

Great video link, Reese :D Brilliant!!

 What is really important, is, it doesn't matter only to sleep long enough, but to sleep in appropriate time.

Comment by Thomas Jackson on April 27, 2011 at 2:10am
I think it's said that 7-8 hours sleep is recommended, but is that a compromise? What is the actual optimal amount of sleep we need? Surely if we are awake for 12 or more hours we need more than 7 or 8 hours sleep to be at our 'optimal' as it were?
Comment by Reese Leysen on April 27, 2011 at 1:14pm

Disagree. Serious lack of sleep can induce a lot of weird thought, sure. But overall levels of creativity and sharpness are much higher when getting optimal levels of sleep.

 

I know the somewhat spiritual views on the hallucinations and strange states of consciousness that can come out of lack of sleep. And while they are certainly interesting phenomena, they are not at all a practical means to achieve any sort of controlled or focused creativity, especially since it is a huge strain on your emotional stability, physical health and drastically shortens your lifespan.

Comment by Reese Leysen on April 27, 2011 at 1:29pm
No, actually, it's not.
Comment by Marth on April 27, 2011 at 1:33pm
"kthxbye" is the new Q.E.D., it appears... I can't seem to find a rebuttal, no matter how hard I try.
Comment by Reese Leysen on April 27, 2011 at 1:39pm
We get it, Mario, good things can come out of lack of sleep. Good things can coincidentally come out of eating dirt too, doesn't mean it's a good habit :D.
Comment by Marth on April 27, 2011 at 1:45pm
If you think about it, a study is essentially an ensemble of observations used to support a given hypothesis. Is that more reliable than one's own observations on the subject? I'd say no more, no less. "Appeal to authority" has F'd us in the A quite badly in the past.

I know I'm definitely not at my best with only 6 hours of sleep. The way I see it, it varies from one person to another. And if the 5-6 hours is actually an average, well I'd probably be a part of the extremes of this average.
Comment by Marth on April 27, 2011 at 2:00pm
Let's have a look at benefits:

Sleep:
- Refreshed body and mind
- Stable mental & emotional state
- Heightened motivation
- Stable metabolism (meaning you won't get fat since your body won't suffer from imbalances that would impair glucose-processing functions)


Lack of sleep:
- Altered creativity pattern


All the creativity in the world is not worth a thing to me if I can't get myself kick-started to act upon it. But hey, that's my personal take on it.

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