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Sleep deprivation catches up eventually. Photo by Victoria Heath on Unsplash

Sleep Deprivation is Eating Your Brain

Are all those all-nighters really worth it?

Cynthia Marinakos
Apr 17, 2019 · 9 min read

“We are living as a country under the collective delusion that in order to succeed, we have to burn out along the way.”

“I’m not saying that you can’t succeed by burning out. But you can succeed much more effectively, and much more sustainably, and with much less damage to your health and your relationships.

That’s why they tell you on airplanes, put your own oxygen mask on first.”

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Society tells us we need to burn out to succeed. Photo by Naomi August on Unsplash

How sleep deprivation affects our brains

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Sleep deprivation eats our brains. Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash

The stigma attached to sleep

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So much to do, so little time

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I was addicted to doing. Photo by Thao Le Hoang on Unsplash

I could barely stay awake past 8pm. I didn’t feel like putting on a front for anyone. So I stopped seeing people. And doing everything except for 1 job and restorative yoga.

I saw a sleep doctor who introduced me to the term ‘sleep hygiene’. From there, I worked to top up my negative sleep bank.

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I feel grumpy and negative without enough sleep. Photo by Kevin Grieve on Unsplash

I feel slow, negative, and grumpy. Emotional.

And I turn to chocolate, biscuits, and muffins to get through the afternoon slump (I’ve termed this time of day: choc o’clock).

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Sleep is tough. Photo by Megan te Boekhorst on Unsplash

Getting a good night’s sleep is much harder than it sounds

I’ve realized that financial and career-related success don’t mean a damn thing if I’m not happy and healthy enough to enjoy it.

I’ve realized getting a good night’s sleep needs to be my daily success metric.

Who else prioritizes sleep?

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Don’t shortchange your sleep. Choose quality over quantity. Photo by Fabian Grohs on Unsplash

We may not be CEOs of billion-dollar companies or champion athletes, but get a good night’s sleep, and every one of us can feel like a billion bucks.

We can feel like champions. And that can make all the difference to our day. Our job. Our business. Our dreams. Our life.

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Lack of sleep: a slow form of self-euthanasia. Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash

Walker argues that “…our lack of sleep is a slow form of self-euthanasia...”

Don’t let sleep deprivation eat your brain

Don’t succumb to peer pressure when it comes to sleep.

We need to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep without the stigma of sleep. Without being embarrassed. Or falling prey to the stigma that we’re lazy.

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Make sleep a priority. Photo by Fabian Møller on Unsplash

“…as we are facing all the multiple crises in our world at the moment, what is good for us on a personal level, what’s going to bring more joy, gratitude, effectiveness in our lives and be the best for our own careers, is also what is best for the world.

So I urge you to shut your eyes, and discover the great ideas that lie inside us; to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep.”— Arianna Huffington (In her TED Talk ‘How to succeed? Get more sleep’.

How to succeed? Get more sleep. TED Talk by Arianna Huffington.
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