Whether you’re up late running through the details for a big presentation, cramming for a test, or tending to the needs of a sick kid, at a certain point, you catch the time and that sinking feeling sets in. It’s way past your bedtime, and while crashing into your pillow and drifting off is always sweet comfort, it’s always compounded by the pain of knowing that when your alarm goes off, a long, painful day awaits.
This is your brain on too-little sleep.
Skimping on vital, beautiful, important sleep robs you of more than clear eyes and a bounce in your step. It also has a serious effect on your brain. We’ve all considered the thrills of taking too many aspirin and then driving a tractor, but there’s a reason we don’t follow through. The risk is too great. Doing anything of importance while impaired radically increases your chances of disaster, and operating your body without enough sleep is no different. Your brain is wobbly, it missed out on all the valuable rehab time that comes when you’re deep in la-la land.