Here’s What Happens to Your Brain on Less Than 6 Hours Sleep
Think you're getting enough sleep with just 5 hours a night? You're not. It's risky to your health for a lot of different reasons, including it can lead to heart failure. But here are some specific things that happen to your brain.
- You get distracted more easily. It might seem like you're really prone to multi-tasking, but in reality your brain is getting distracted in order to keep you awake.
- You're more anxious. A study was done at Berkeley that where volunteers went an entire night without sleep. The next day their anxiety levels were 30% higher, and half of the volunteers were on par with having an anxiety disorder.
- You have a shorter fuse. A recent study showed that people who averaged just 4 and a half hours of sleep a night were more likely to be annoyed by something small, like a barking dog. It also makes less patient with your co-workers.
- You take bigger risks. A study was done with guys between 18 and 28 years of age who averaged 5 hours of sleep a night. They were then given situations where they could take a gamble. The guys who averaged 5 hours of sleep a night were more likely to take a high-risk gamble.
Now, if you aren't getting enough sleep. Here are some tricks to keep you awake.
- Get some sun
- Take breaks to stretch and move around
- Drink coffee (but not too much)
- Take a 20 minute nap, but just 20 minutes. Any more will make you feel groggy.