The last time you looked at the clock was 4:30am, you remember lying there for a little bit more and then being woken up by your alarm. You do the maths. The absolute maximum amount of sleep you got was three hours and now you have to travel into work and somehow deal with the day sleep deprived which might feel a little similar to feeling drunk.
You’d describe what you’re feeling as sleep deprived but an interesting study has revealed that not getting enough sleep can have the same effects on your body as gratuitous consumption of alcohol.
As Marie Claire report, the benefits of a good night’s rest pretty much go without saying but not as much is actually known about the damage of being repeatedly sleep deprived. Ask a handful of students around exam time if you want a first-hand account.
For the rest of us, the Royal Society of Public Health have revealed a frightening statement that eludes to the fact that “Brits could be missing out on as much as a full night of sleep every week”.
Imagine that compounded with, say, the hypothetical terrible night I wrote about at the beginning. Research has found that after 17 hours without sleep (the average day for someone who wakes up at seven and goes to bed at midnight), an individual’s alertness and wakefulness is similar to the effects of blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%. And 24 hours equates to 0.1% which is over the legal driving limit.
Research shows that almost 20% of roadside accidents are sleep-related. You wouldn’t get behind the wheel if you were drunk, why do it when you’re in desperate need of sleep?
Similarly but less drastically, if you find yourself at your desk, struggling to concentrate because you’ve barely slept, do yourself a favour and go home. Use one of your sick days to catch up on dearly needed sleep – it could save your life.