Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

sleep deprivationDr. Travis Bradbury, LinkedIn
The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the short-term productivity gains from skipping sleep to work are quickly washed away by the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on your mood, ability to focus, and access to higher-level brain functions for days to come. The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that people who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep.

Why You Need Adequate Sleep to Perform

We’ve always known that sleep is good for your brain, but new research from the University of Rochester provides the first direct evidence for why your brain cells need you to sleep (and sleep the right way—more on that later). The study found that when you sleep your brain removes toxic proteins from its neurons that are by-products of neural activity when you’re awake. Unfortunately, your brain can remove them adequately only while you’re asleep. So when you don’t get enough sleep, the toxic proteins remain in your brain cells, wreaking havoc by impairing your ability to think—something no amount of caffeine can fix.

Skipping sleep impairs your brain function across the board. It slows your ability to process information and problem solve, kills your creativity, and catapults your stress levels and emotional reactivity. Read article

4 thoughts on “Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

  1. Dr. Bradberry is correct to bring out that sleep disruption is harmful, and when it is chronic, is life-shortening. What he does not focus upon, and must address, is the harmful effects of sleep deprivation caused by incursion of toxic acoustic waves of energy propagated by mega-watt scale wind turbines.
    We all have hard wired into our nervous systems the “fight, flight, freeze mechanism”. This developed in early man as a way of detecting the approach of deadly predators, like prides of lions, by sensing their sound, a sound in the very low frequency range, as it moved closer to our ancestors as they foraged for food on the the vast savannas of Africa.
    This was a moving source of sound. The lions were hidden from sight by the tall grass.
    Once triggered, the reflex stimulated the centers of the brain that cause a cascade of stress hormones into the circulation. These stress hormones, adrenalin, choline, and catecholamines, are responsible for throwing the body into shock and alarm, resulting in adaptive behavior that our survival resulted in.
    The big wind turbines are fixed sources of ILFNs (infra-sound and low frequency noise). They propagate MODULATED (intermittent and variable) pressure waves that sporadically trigger the ‘fight, flight, freeze response’. When this occurs during the sleep period, it rouses the sleeper, who wakens in a state of anxiety and fear, often from nightmares, the brain’s mechanism of warning the individual of the presence of danger.
    Whereas, this mechanism is adaptive for survival, multiple awakenings from deep sleep can be life threatening, and have resulted in several fatal cardiac arrests in people, and in animals, and in mass reproductive health destruction, notably among minks, recently reported, on a Danish mink farm, where over 1600 mink stillbirths and more fatal attacks on mink young were carried out by frenzied adults.

    These are terrible consequences of industrial scale wind power that the renewable energy industry, and its political promoters, fail to tell the public.

  2. I heard more than one wind turbine sleep deprived professional relate instances at work where they made terrible, serious errors from not being able to comprehend normal daily tasks and suffering complete brain mixups that had never happened before the deprivation from turbine operations became an issue.
    It causes one to lose confidence and evokes a valid fear of it happening again.
    Very debilitating.

    • So true!

      A friend of mine was involved in an accident a couple of years ago where a driver fell asleep and struck her car. Damaged her face and totaled her car. And on top of that her air bags failed to deploy.

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