Researchers have found that sleep deprivation results in the following declines in key cognitive processes:
- Decreased ability to respond quickly.
- Diminished decision-making capacity.
- Lowered ability to think divergently (creatively).
- Lessened working memory (short term memory).
Reflect for a moment about whether high performance at work for you requires cognitive responsiveness, superior decision making, creative thinking, and optimal short-term memory. If not, then stop reading this post. If so, then begin to PRIORITIZE sleep as a performance enhancement tool