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Sleep Deprivation is Not a Badge of Honor

We all know people who wear their sleep deprivation like a badge of honor.  They talk about how many hours and how hard they work, how much caffeine they consume, their sleeping problems, and most of all, how little they sleep.  They seem to think that being so busy they don’t have time to sleep is the hallmark of a successful career.  Unfortunately for them, they are completely wrong.

You’ve probably realized that you are less productive and unfocused when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and you are likely to reach for that second (or third, or fourth…) cup of coffee to keep yourself going.  Of course, sometimes you do need to push yourself to finish that important project; however, regularly depriving yourself of sleep is only detrimental to your productivity and overall health in the long run.  Furthermore, people who experience sleep problems tend to be irritable, moody, and scatterbrained after tossing and turning all night – sleep deprivation is just not a recipe for success.

It has been proven many times that individuals who slept well the night before perform better on any number of aptitude tests, so it only goes to follow that getting proper sleep allows you to be more efficient, organized, and effective.  In fact, it has been said that the key to success is to work smarter, not harder, as maintaining a good work-life balance (including regular sleep!) you will be healthier, happier, and and more productive.

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