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Get your sleep or watch your decision-making skills decline. That’s the advice from Duke University researchers who studied people denied sleep for 24 hours and found that their decision-making capabilities declined in critical ways. The subjects, studied while betting in a simulated gambling game, showed the following lapses of judgment when compared to well-rested individuals:
The sleep-deprived subjects took bigger risks, based on wishful thinking.
They got less upset after losses.
They felt less guilty after making bad choices.
The net result according to Michael Chee, who headed the study, is that if you are sleep-deprived, “You become insensitive to losses and you place high bets with expectations to win. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
—Adapted from “Fired Up On No Sleep: Fatigue’s Neural Double Whammy,” Peter Sergo, Psychology Today.
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