Have you ever pulled an all-night study session? Maybe you’ve stayed up before for a variety of reasons. It could be that you even had good reason to do so, such as working overtime or staying up with the baby. It’s easy to find both good and bad excuses to stay up and deprive yourself of sleep. However, sleep deprivation comes with many negative consequences. You can’t always get ahead by simply putting your nose to the grindstone. Your body needs that precious sleep.
Before you start to doubt any consequences listed, realize that sleep deprivation has been the focus of many studies. Furthermore, not only do you risk productivity and quality of life when you deprive yourself of sleep, but you can actually put yourself in danger. Think about having to get behind the wheel or operating heavy machinery at work. There are all kinds of situations you can find yourself in daily, and you have to be prepared and alert.
Think about the domino effect of a lack of sleep, too. Say you lose three hours on a Tuesday evening trying to get everything done. Wednesday morning is coming up quickly, and you have to do it all over again. Whether you caught up leveraging your time for the previous day or not, you’re going to have an even more difficult time getting everything done on Wednesday. Even if you manage and go to bed early to catch back up on sleep, an inconsistent sleep pattern is anything but ideal.
There are both physical and mental consequences of all kinds, and so the first thing you have to understand is that a lack of sleep is only going to make things worse. In other words, forgoing sleep is never the solution. Discipline must be applied in all areas of your life so that you aren’t constantly faced with the decision of whether or not to forgo sleep. Time management is key, and however, you have to get the job done,go back to mattress, close those eyes and get the proper amount of sleep each day.