Over the years I’ve written a lot about sleep deprivation and it’s effects. Primarily because Behaviorally Induced Insufficient Sleep ie, chronic partial sleep deprivation, is the most common sleep problem, affecting 47% of adults in America.
Right now I’m working with a group of shift workers to help them create a lifestyle that promotes healthy sleep on work nights and days off, and optimal alertness when awake. People can be very motivated to work nights because of the increased pay, and often shorter work week because of longer, 12 hour shifts. But trying to sleep during the day is hard, and often shift workers are sleep deprived. To help them stay motivated to get enough sleep, I’ve been teaching them about the negative impact of sleep deprivation. This excellent youtube video about “25 scary and surprising effects of sleep deprivation” by List25 tells it well. Enjoy!