Up all night to get lucky?
Why sleep deprivation could be sabotaging your success and putting patients at risk
- By: Isabella Laws
Sleep deprivation is a recognised part of life for medical students, many of whom carry their bad sleep habits into their days of being junior doctors and beyond. Many choose to give up sleep in favour of pulling an “all nighter,” often as a last minute attempt to study for an exam or finish an essay. Others simply have schedules that are too busy to accommodate sleep. An article published by Science News discussed that in order for people to fit everything into their “have it all” lifestyles, with burgeoning social lives, careers, and extracurricular activities, sleep is often sacrificed: “Sleep is regarded by some as unproductive, wasteful downtime. People who would rather hit the hay than the dance floor are told that only losers snooze and that they can sleep when they’re dead.”1
A lack of sleep has wider implications, however, including an impact on the ability to perform