Great read! I almost feel into this trap myself while completing my masters and starting . I was thinking that if I wasn’t sleeping… I was somehow “putting in work”. It quickly caught up to me in the real world and was adversley impacting on work relationships, not to mention my general mood in the design studio. Since going back to a normal (6–8hrs) sleep pattern I am getting comments about how nice I am to be around. And my clarity in work and thinking has improved quickly.
Sleep is priceless if you want to take the next step in your professional development. And trust me, you will simply be happier in life.