This fantastic article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sleep-t.html?_r=2 which appeared on the New York Times website, talks about some fantastic new research on restriction of sleep over a period of time and the effects (conscious or otherwise) on its subjects.
The key finding from the research - “…after just a few days, the four- and six-hour group reported that, yes, they were slightly sleepy. But they insisted they had adjusted to their new state. Even 14 days into the study, they said sleepiness was not affecting them. In fact, their performance had tanked. In other words, the sleep-deprived among us are lousy judges of our own sleep needs. We are not nearly as sharp as we think we are.”
What this means is that not only are we depriving ourselves of sleep, but we are deceiving ourselves as well. We think we are fine but we are unaware that our sleep deprivation is affecting us or by how much.
Think about it and let me know your thoughts.
If you would like to get some tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, you should consider attending a free Wenatex “Healthy Sleep for a Better Life” seminar. They are free to attend and conducted all over Australia. To register your interest, go to http://www.wenatex.com.au/seminars_registration.asp