Have you noticed that you tend to question your life choices a lot more when you’re tired?

There’s a scientific explanation for that.

Studies have shown that when we lack sleep, our amygdala (the gas pedal of our emotions) is up to 60% more active. That’s huge.
Whereas the prefrontal cortex (aka the brakes) is underactive.

In simpler terms, when we lack sleep, we are VERY emotional.

Interestingly, the results were the same whether the subjects stayed up all night one time, or were chronically sleeping less than 7 hours.

What does that mean?

Two things:

  1. When you’re tired, you overreact and you’re not able to think properly. So don’t trust yourself after 9pm.
  2. If you sleep less than 7 hours per night regularly, you’re in the same emotional boat as if you had just pulled an allnighter. And it’s a rocky one.

The best bridge between despair and hope is good night’s sleep.
E. Joseph Cossman

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