Dumber? That means I started Dumb, now I’m Dumber……oh man do I need some sleep.ZZZZ
Lack of sleep can make you fat, sick, and from first-hand experience, DUMB…
Sleepiness slows down your thought processes. Working the grave yard shift for most of my career, I’ve become an expert, when it comes to consequences that come from lack of sleep. I tend to stutter my speech or lose my train of thought fairly quickly. I wont even get into what it does to certain body functions. Let’s talk about why it’s been proven that lack of sleep will dumb you down. Scientists measuring sleepiness have found that sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It’s more difficult to focus and pay attention, so you’re more easily confused. This hampers your ability to perform tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought. Like having an intelligent conversation? I guess for myself an intelligent conversation involves complex thought, thus the stuttering occurs. On a good nights sleep, the brain is kicking on all cylinders and whomever I’m speaking to may think, this guys no dummy.
Excessive sleepiness will also impair memory. Research suggests that the nerve connections that make our memories are strengthened during sleep. “Sleep embeds the things that we have learned and experienced over the course of the day into our short-term memory,” says Avelino Verceles, MD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the school’s sleep medicine fellowship.
It appears that different phases of sleep play different roles in consolidating new information into memories. If your sleep is cut short or disrupted, it interferes with these cycles.
When you’re sleepy, you may forget and misplace things often. And the inability to focus and concentrate caused by sleepiness further weakens memory. “If you’re not able to concentrate on what’s at hand, it’s not going to make it into your short-term memory and then long-term memory,” says Allison T. Siebern, PhD, a Fellow in the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center.
Too Little Sleep Makes You Stupid
Lack of sleep slows down your thinking, impairs your memory, concentration, judgment, and decision-making, impedes learning, and contributes to depression. All these factors are enough to constitute drastic measures to make sure we are getting enough sleep. Because I sleep during daylight hours, I purchased a quality mask, and I also wear ear plugs. Now even when I sleep at night I’ll wear the mask and ear plugs. Sleep is absolutely essential for your brain to work properly because during sleep your brain is busy processing information, consolidating memories, making connections, and clearing out toxins. When asleep, your brain does its housekeeping and not having adequate time to do this could potentially accelerate neurodegenerative diseases.
My sleep is constantly a work in progress. Maybe the problem is I don’t get enough practice when working long hours.