Remembering Sleep…

Do you remember when? Oh, guess not...

Sleep is something most of us never seem to get enough of these days, and maybe it’s a timeless axiom as I’ve been hearing this my whole life.  Also have come to enjoy [not] the comment “that you can just make up for it at the end of your life” meaning a dirt nap is some how a kin to a Sealy Posturepedic  nights worth of rest as too I haven’t seen a casket yet with a sleep number setting either.

However more research has shown that lack of sleep impedes the creation of memories as researcher Aysa Roll’s has co-published her work titled “The details are gone” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Where lab mice where awoken frequently through out the night and then retested on their maze solving abilities.  While the day before they were taught how to effectually ply a maze to gain a reward they seemed to have forgotten their learning’s the next day after being deprived of a reasonable amount of shut eye.

To many readers of this blog, they may remember if they had a good night’s sleep that is a prior post also waxing on the topic of sleep where it’s not “forgiven” in that you can take an hour day away and say I’ll simply sleep an extra hour on Saturday doesn’t work.   As in that posted we waxed about the concept that this was the “brains” way to catch up in order to convert short term memories into long term ones.

As it here that Roll’s research is beginning to support this hypothesis somewhat with hard lab data, as the other interesting thing is the researchers noted after a night of poor sleep, their mice resembled a group of hungover drunks.  This summary also brings with it professional implication as well as the health ones as any time we push ourselves to far we run other risks then just to our health.  As in the example of driving, as while the researchers coined the phrase hungover drunks to represent what they saw in the mice.  Sleep neurobiologists at the University of California-Los Angeles, in reviewing the study called it a “very elegant experiment” which adds to a growing body of research further confirming that sleep loss does in fact undermine our ability to think clearly. As existing studies have shown already that one night without sleep, impairs a person’s driving ability nearly as much as if they were legally drunk.

Without question, even though man has stepped on the moon as well has having sent an object made by his own hands outside the solar system.  We still seem to be baffled about our core weakness which consumes a third of our life, yes sleep…

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About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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