A study at Duke University concluded that 5 hours of sleep is required to withstand the effects of cognitive activity. If you’ve never thought there might be a connection between sleep patterns and current level of cognitive activity, know that a study just came out that showed that if you don’t get enough sleep, first thing in the morning your brain “overheats” causing a problem when you wake up.
Some studies say that the more cognitive activity that happens in the brain the more quickly it gets hammered with the day’s work, just as if you were rushing to get done. Obviously this can lead to a very individualized body exactly the opposite of what we’ve all become accustomed to.
When you find that you’re getting more and more cognitive work without the next day’s rest you have to question your ability to supply enough sleep. What has changed in your brain since the last time you did a particular activity? Is it something that needs to get done that you have not yet done or is it something you are avoiding? Is sleep the most important thing that is going to help you to do something, or is it something else?
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