When your brain is distracted and overwhelmed by stress, you have less mental energy to focus on the task at hand.
You literally don’t have the brain power to support both at the same time – this is what some people refer to as brain fog.
Your billions of brain cells produce waste with every task and function they perform. This waste continues to build up until sleep allows the cleaning crew to come in and clear it away. Sleep deprivation reduces clarity, focus, and the ability to learn and retain information.
The US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reviewed the benefits of sleep on emotional health and wellbeing, physical health, and everyday performance. They reported that getting insufficient sleep makes you less productive during the day. In work and school, sleep deprived individuals took longer to complete tasks, had delayed reaction time, and were found to make more errors.
The effects were cumulative. Even just losing 1-2 hours a night could add up to having similar effects on performance as going a whole night without sleep.
Protect Yourself from Microsleep
Microsleep occurs when we’re overly tired.
Microsleeps are brief, unintended episodes of loss of attention associated with events such as a blank stare, head snapping, and prolonged eye closure which may occur when a person is fatigued but trying to stay awake to perform a monotonous task like driving a car or watching a computer screen.
You could be standing in line at a grocery store, sitting in a meeting, or even driving, and not realize that you’ve had a brief moment of microsleep. This isn’t just embarrassing and unprofessional, it’s also dangerous. For those who work in occupations that require full attention, sleep deprivation can pose serious risks that affect more people than yourself.
Prevent microsleep before it happens and improve focus by getting more sleep tonight. Start by going to bed an hour before you usually do. Gradually set an earlier and earlier bedtime until you’re getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Not only will you feel more rested, but you’ll see benefits on your focus, concentration, and performance. Getting more sleep can wake up a more productive you. Sleep improves concentration. Focus is beautiful.