Author: Amy Samuels-Suha
For the great frigatebird, a good night’s sleep might be just 41 minutes long. These birds sleep for only brief periods—about 12 seconds at a time—while in flight, and usually with only half of their brain. These amazing facts presented on PBS. Source: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/huge-seabird-flies-for-months-at-a-time-by-napping-in-12-second-bursts/
But, we don’t have the ability to fly while we sleep, or drive, work, cook, or do anything else. And 41 minutes over 24 hours is not enough for use, either. So, here is some serious information about sleep loss, thanks to WebMD and OSHA. Source: www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/10-results-sleep-loss
1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents
Sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history: the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.
2. Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down
Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways.
3. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems
Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, High blood pressure, Stroke, Diabetes
4. Sleepiness Is Depressing
Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In fact, insomnia is often one of the first symptoms of depression. Insomnia and depression feed on each other.
5. Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful
In 2009, studies found that consolidating memory, and transferring learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored, occurs mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.
6. Sleep Loss Impairs Judgment, Especially About Sleep
Lack of sleep can affect our interpretation of events. This hurts our ability to make sound judgments because we may not assess situations accurately and act on them wisely.