Sleep Deprivation Takes Years Off Your Life … A Fair Trade?

I recently saw this infographic and it stopped me in my tracks. You see, I generally only get about five (or less) hours of sleep a night. I just tend to stay up late and do all of my stuff like blogging, video game playing, and web surfing. I always knew I didn’t sleep enough and that it was “bad” for me but I never knew how bad… I always figured I would catch up on the weekend.

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Sorry night owls, looks like it sucks to be us. All of this sleep deprivation is pretty much giving us brain damage. After reading this, I started figuring out how I could change my life for the better. How I could go to bed sooner and when I would get my “Alex Time.”

Wait a minute! If I slept an extra two hours per night, even if we only count weeknights, that would be ten hours a week I am not doing what I want to do. It is an exchange, I am giving up my free time now, for an increased lifespan. The more I think about it the less clear cut this trade-off gets.

There are a ton of things that can kill you before you ever get the chance to enjoy your extended life cushion like car accidents, illnesses, bullets and many more. What if I start wasting my life sleeping buying into the “health benefits” only to be killed by a drunk driver?

Wouldn’t you rather have more hours in a day now when you are young and strong to get as much efficient work done as possible? I’ll make this trade all day every day.

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