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Why Engineers Need to Get 7 to 9 Hours Sleep

Sleep is for the weak? This recent study doesn’t think so.

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Most engineers work their butts off during overtime to the point that they have already sacrificed their time to sleep. There is no longer proper time to rest. These engineers claim that the four or five hours of sleep they have at night are just enough to get by for another day of work. Some even say that it is much better that way, because they would rather spend more time awake and productive.

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That’s where they got it all wrong.

A study by researchers from the University of Utah about Brain and Behavior revealed that many who chronically deprive themselves of sleep can’t accurately judge how this practice affects them. Brain patterns of 839 subjects were analyzed, after reporting how much sleep they get in the previous month and to say any daytime dysfunction they experienced. Two groups were made: the conventional sleepers, or those who get 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night; and the short sleepers, or those who sleep less than 6 hours at night.

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Both groups were placed and observed under a functional MRI. The study indicated that short sleepers showed signs of diminished wakefulness. The same was identified to those who denied the dysfunction, but found that they had more difficulty staying awake.

Effects of having consistent short sleep duration are associated with lower cognitive performance, mood swings, weight gain, and even death at an earlier age.

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