The Science of a Good Nap | Science Alert


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For a society constantly trying to over-extend, over-perform, and over-deliver, skipping out on sleep may be seen as the ultimate badge of productivity.

It’s a lifestyle we most associate with the rich and powerful of the world, not to mention the hustle-drunk tech bros of Silicon Valley – but it’s not even a new thing.

Even the infamous inventor Thomas Edison was so consumed by his need to stay productive, he often attempted to sleep just a few hours per night.

But is it actually true that sleeping less than eight hours per night leads to more? More success, more productivity, more wealth? It’s really not that simple, nor healthy. “In the last 10 or 15 years or so, there have been studies showing that your metabolism and your immune system are quite affected by sleep deprivation,” sleep loss researcher Siobhan Banks from the University of South Australia tells Science Alert.

Source: The Science of a Good Nap