The blog entry, which discusses a National Geographic Magazine article, discusses the dangers and performance impairment of not getting enough sleep. According to the article, "going without sleep for 24 hours or getting only five hours of sleep a night for a week is the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of 0.1 percent." Yipes.
This entry made me look a little bit deeper on the subject, so I found the study noted. Some of the highlights from the study:
- Fatigue leads to more than just sleepiness at work - it can be a factor in serious accidents, including the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
- One study found that limiting Doctor's shifts at hospitals (and thus increasing their amount of time not working and sleeping) can reduce medical errors by as much as 36%.
- An estimated 100,000 car crashes are a result of fatigue.
- Any period of being awake more than 16 hours will typically lead to a decrease in cognitive performance.