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Are you are an accountant who works with numbers for 12 hours in a day? Are you a lawyer who goes through a pile of readings for most of the day? Or are you a programmer involved in intense formulation and analysis of code for extended periods of time leading to sleep deprivation and light sleep.

These activities all require optimal cognitive functioning. Your livelihood clearly depends on your ability to think.

Effects of sleep deprivationIn a recent study on rats, it has been suggested that when repeatedly subjected to sleep deprivation, the rats in the study experienced a non-temporary loss of their capacity to recover from sleep.  If true for humans, this is potentially distressing. It means that cognitive dysfunction can be permanent. Moreover, metabolic changes can result in body mass changes such as obesity.  More on these studies on another article. 

Here is a summary of the consequences of sleep deprivation or sleep deficit:

  • Loss of cognitive function
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Decreased metabolic activity
  • Cardiovascular impairment
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Endocrine impairment
  • Reduced work productivity

In today’s Information Age where more information is considered an advantage and with the Internet growing in dominance, how would you prioritize getting more sleep over getting through more information during the workday?

Are there ways to overcome these potentially damning consequences of sleep deprivation?  May I suggest the following?

 

 

  • Meditate.  It is my belief that humans, as we are different from mice, can indeed alter their brain wave patterns, directly or indirectly.  Yogis are known to do this, however, if you cannot do so now, there is technology out there that can aid you -
    • Binaural beat technology called Holosync from Centerpointe.  I have personally used the technology and I have been told after only two weeks of using the program, that I was radiating inner peace.


 

  • Simplify your life.  Humans are the only organisms in the planet who can consciously create choices that significantly improves one’s well-being.  One could think that perhaps all the information in the world is not truly an advantage.
     
  • Develop a routine.  Personally, I have found this to be challenging.  On a given day 1000’s of different ideas fly through my mental awareness, that focusing on things that matter becomes a challenge.
     
  • Develop more awareness.  You will find that by meditating, you naturally become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. The key I believe is to realize when you have had enough on a given day.  Most people go through life on auto-pilot.  By taking charge of your thoughts and feelings, you will also be taking charge of your results.