I used to think that a valid option for getting more work done was to get less sleep. Swapping two hours of sleep for two hours of uninterrupted work time early in the morning seemed like a good deal to me.
What you may not realise though is that there is more of a cost to not getting enough sleep than simply being tired. Put simply, you likely will die much earlier.
A recent study across five OECD countries show that individuals who average less than 6 hours sleep per night have a 13% higher mortality risk, and for an individual averaging 6-7 hours of sleep the risk is 7% higher.
In addition, sleep deprivation is linked to lower work productivity and negative effects on our overall health and well-being.
So if getting less sleep means you are likely to die younger, and you are also going to be less productive and have poorer health, isn’t it time to rethink your attitude to getting enough sleep?
Surely it is.